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August 31, 2012

2 years after declaring end to Iraq war, Obama heads to Fort Bliss

President Obama is heading today to Fort Bliss, Texas -- two years to the date that he announced the end of the combat mission in Iraq.

The White House says he'll have a roundtable with service-members and military families and talk to the troops, "focusing on how part of ending wars responsibly demands standing by those who have served. 

While the trip is technically official business, Obama often talks on the campaign trail about what he says is his administration's ironclad commitment to help returning service members find health care and jobs. 

"That is a responsibility the President believes is incredibly profound, and it's a matter of substantive policy," press secretary Jay Carney said of the trip's designation as official, rather than campaign.

The WH says Obama before leaving DC signed an executive order to "expand suicide prevention strategies and take steps to meet the current and future demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services for veterans, service members, and their families."


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