President Obama pays tributes to War Veterans on Memorial Day
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President Obama pays tributes to War Veterans on Memorial Day

Washington : DC : USA | May 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM PDT
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President Barack Obama condemned the treatment meted out to the War veterans of Vietnam and promised that such shabby treatment would not be there for those who would be returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This has been reported in The Telegraph dated 29th of May 2012.

The occasion was the Memorial Day and the President was addressing the Vietnam War veterans, some of them in their 70s, who had assembled in front of the War Memorial built to honor the 60,000 Americans who had lost their lives in the war.

He also made an announcement that the US planned to begin a 13-year program of honoring the three million Americans who served in the conflict

He termed the invasion of Iraq as the ‘wrong war’ – nearly 4500 American troops died in Iraq.

On the Afghanistan war, he has pledged to end it by 2015 – however, recent polls reveal that many Americans (nearly two thirds!) are opposed to this.

Against the backdrop of the elections, many see this speech as an effort to rope in the war veterans – the Gallup polls show that Obama lags behind Mitt Romney by 24 points among veterans. Can Obama remove this discrepancy?

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