WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2012 – During the weekly address from the White House, President Obama and his wife Michelle wished service members, veterans and their families a happy holiday season, and called on all Americans to remember those in harm’s way.
The theme of the president and first lady’s address was reunions. What makes this season so special, Michelle Obama said, is spending time with those we love.
And more military families are getting the chance to do that, the president said. The war in Iraq has ended and the drawdown in Afghanistan continues.
“This week let’s give thanks for our veterans and their families,” the president said. “And let’s say a prayer for all our troops – especially those in Afghanistan – who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold dear.”
Michelle Obama stressed the role that military families play, saying that when those in uniform
“answer the call to serve, their families serve right along with them. Across this country, military spouses have been raising their families all alone during those long deployments.”
She also noted the sacrifices military kids make.
“Our military families sacrifice so much on our behalf, and Barack and I believe that we should serve them as well as they serve this country,” she said.read more>>>