This week, the last of our combat troops are coming home from Iraq - just in time for the holidays. We asked Minnesotans what this moment means to them-whether they're a veteran, a military family member, or even a soldier who is headed home this month.
Alvin S, a veteran from Dakota County, told the story of his family's tradition of service and using the GI Bills to receive an education. His hope is that troops coming home from Iraq will be able to get good jobs and education, thanks to the President's efforts to ensure that all those who served receive the care and benefits that they fought to earn:
"I am an African-American Disabled Vietnam War Veteran. I was an Army Captain in the Military Police in Saigon RVN. My father was a World War II Veteran who served in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. My father used the GI Bill to get his BS degree from Kent State University. When I returned from the war, like my father, I used the GI Bill to continue my education. I obtained a MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota and a JD from William Mitchell Law School.
After the Vietnam War, I worked as Mathematician in Navy Nuclear Reactor design. Later as a Computer Consultant, I design Mainframe Scientific Computers and Computer Business Applications. I am presently an Information Technology Project Manager Consultant, but my last job was outsourced to India and I have not worked in three years.
I totally support removing the Troops out of Iraq and providing the support for these Veterans to return to civilian life both by means of education and by preferential employment.
The end of the Iraq war means that the funds that were spent on the Iraq war will now be spent on improving the American economy. I really think that the programs outlined and set up by President Obama (education, infrastructure, Veterans Preference, etc.) are correct and appropriate for the recovery of the economy and for our veterans."
The President has kept his promise to end the war in Iraq, and America will keep its sacred promise to our veterans. Read more about the President's efforts to provide funding for a post-9/11 GI Bill that lends veterans and their families a hand as they try to earn a college degree, and put veterans back on the job so they can once again form the backbone of America's middle class.