Monday, December 19, 2011

Former Marine Gallego thanks President Obama for ending Iraq War

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16), released the following statement on the end of the Iraq war:

“As a former Marine who fought in the Iraq War, I personally thanked the President at the White House last Tuesday for ending nine years of sacrifice and struggle by our American troops. Many fellow young service men and women risked their lives every day to protect our country and to bring civility to another. Nearly 4,500 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and thousands more have been wounded. More than a million have served, and their families have endured hardships. Under tough circumstances, our troops and civilians have fulfilled every mission. I thank my fellow American troops who fought alongside me in the war and the families of those we lost in battle. Now it’s time to fight another battle here at home – win back our American economy. The war in Iraq cost a trillion dollars. It’s time to invest in the American people, many of whom are veterans, – creating jobs, building a strong middle class, and sustaining the growth that supports our prosperity and leadership in the world.”

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