“My father spent his career in the Army Reserve, so I know how it feels to have to say goodbye to someone you love. That's especially hard when they're heading to a place that you only hear terrible things about. My dad was deployed twice to Iraq. Saying goodbye to him once was tough, saying goodbye to him for a second time was absolutely the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do.
“President Obama promised to bring our troops home from Iraq, and he followed through on that promise. I'm so proud that we have a president who stands by his commitments. For families like mine, that's everything—it's the very reason that I am here. I’m doing what I can to say thanks.”