Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama used a Memorial Day ceremony to say it is time for America to properly welcome home Vietnam veterans and show them and their families the respect and gratitude they deserved but didn't receive decades ago.
"You came home and sometimes were denigrated when you should have been celebrated," Obama said beneath a scorching sun at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. That's why here today, we resolve that it will not happen again."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Ahead of Mitt Romney's Memorial Day appearance with Sen. John McCain in California Monday, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee released a new web video thanking military troops and veterans.
"A lot of young Americans are risking their lives in distant battlefields today," Romney said in a statement. "Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to them, and to remember all of America's soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend our country. As we enjoy our barbecues with friends and families and loved ones, let's keep them in our thoughts and in our prayers."
(CNN) - As Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama take a campaign break to pay tribute on Memorial Day, a poll released Monday indicates the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has a big lead over Obama among veterans.
Fifty-eight percent of veterans support Romney, while 34% back the president, according to a new Gallup survey.
(CNN) - The candidates take pause Monday from the campaign trail to commemorate Memorial Day. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds an event with Sen. John McCain at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, California at 1 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama visits the Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. ET, followed by a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
(CNN) - CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian reports the Obama campaign's push to court veterans could be the difference in key states.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama rarely misses an opportunity to talk about the help his administration is offering to military veterans and their families. “We will care and serve our veterans the way they've served us,” Mr. Obama said at a recent campaign event out west.
His message may be grounded in policy but in this election season it’s also about the politics.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is out with two new TV ads Wednesday that tout what they say are the president's commitment to preserving Medicare and his pledge to honor the country's veterans.
The campaign says the commercials are part of their previously announced ad buy of $25 million to run spots this month in many crucial battleground states.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama hosted a dinner to salute soldiers recently back from Iraq - marking his first major tribute to the veterans since officially withdrawing all troops from the nation.
The White House said it invited more than 100 veterans and one guest each to the event Wednesday night, and a few veteran groups and Gold Star families.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama unveiled a new $5 billion veterans jobs plan Friday that the administration says will put thousands of men and women who once wore their country's uniform back to work.
The new Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, first mentioned in the president's State of the Union address last week, involves partnerships with the Veterans Administration and the Interior Department, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.FULL STORY
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Just hours before six presidential candidates were set to meet at a debate at Drake University, three of those candidates addressed a small crowd of roughly 50 Iowans at a candidates forum hosted by Veterans for a Strong America.
Speaking mostly about veterans' issues and national security, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Texas Gov. Rick Perry took turns professing their support for the armed services and criticizing President Barack Obama for his handling of international relations.