White House to have dinner honoring Iraq vets
February 6th, 2012
10:47 AM ET
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White House to have dinner honoring Iraq vets

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a dinner on February 29 honoring Iraq war veterans, the fallen and their families, the White House announced Monday.

"This dinner, an expression of the nation's gratitude for the achievements and enormous sacrifices of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq war and of the families who supported them, will include men and women in uniform from all ranks, services, states and backgrounds, representative of the many thousands of Americans who served in Iraq," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a written statement.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama is the one who will take care of our veterans, and treat them with dignity.

    February 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. diridi

    what all I say is God bless you Obama. My blessings always for you. God is on your side. You ended Iraq unneeded war. Killed Bin Laden, which Bush made escape from Tora Bora. way to go. Good luck. Obama2012.

    February 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Just another election year photo op using our military personnel as props. Pathetic!

    February 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Marry

    The President is concerned about the wellbeing of people and works for all Americans. He does find ways to show that he appreciates people who serve the country!

    President Obama 2012!

    February 6, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The Republican administration under George W. Bush cut back on the budgets for V.A. hospitals during the height of their two wars. They cut taxes for the wealthy and then cited budgetary concerns as to why then needed to cut back on VA services or to close VA hospitals altogether. Never mind the fact that our veterans were out there protecting the freedoms that the wealthy enjoyed at home.

    February 6, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. teararound

    Yes, I think he has felt the burden of sending our children to war and wants to end it as quickly as possible. He knows their sacrifice. Congress needs to put the needs of our veterans and their families as a priority and forget that pledge not to raise taxes and fund needed programs.

    February 6, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Anonymous

    "Just another election year photo op using our military personnel as props. Pathetic!"

    Hey, Truth. There's a story circulating that Mitt Romney has acknowledged he actually has performed "immersion by proxy" baptisms converting dead souls into the Mormon faith. Now, that's pathetic.

    February 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The Iraq War veterans still need a ticker tape parade! St. Louis got it right ... now the rest of America needs to get on board.

    February 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Woman In California

    This sounds like yet another decent and well deserved occasion to say thank you to our military. Even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with this – there are those who will choose to make ignorant disparaging remarks anyway – for that I say you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Keep doing what you're doing Mr. President and Americans will keep supporting you all the way to your 2nd term.

    February 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Thank you for ending the war of deceit Mr. President.

    February 6, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth, you just don't get it do you? You have to put away those foreign owned media, Fox, talking points.

    February 6, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Anonymous

    @Woman in California:

    Well said.

    February 6, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE - Thank you for ending the war of deceit Mr. President.
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    Please thank George Bush as HE is the one that signed the agreement that Obama simply watched as it was carried out. As usual, Obama taking credit for the work of others. Pretty much sums up his 4 years in the Whitehouse.

    February 6, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. guest

    so i guess this one will actually INCLUDE some of the vets ?

    February 6, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have a lot more faith in Obama's decision making abilities, and the president's advisors, than I ever did in the former occupant of the white house. Remember, there are known unknowns, unknown knowns, and unknown unknowns?

    February 6, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    Just another election year photo op using our military personnel as props. Pathetic!
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    I guess you have willfully and totally forgotten about "Mission Accomplished". Huh?

    February 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    I'd love to see the perpetrator of this atrocity, Duh DUh Duh-bya at this dinner. How many vets would go to him and ask..."so what do you think about sending us there on a lie?"

    February 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |