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President Obama Focuses on Disabled Veterans

October 15, 2013
President Barack Obama visited Orlando, Florida, in August of 2013 to speak to a group of disabled United States military veterans. During his visit, he praised the work of Florida-based philanthropist Lois Pope. President Obama’s speech touched on the construction of The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

The Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation, Inc., and Lois Pope, its chairman of the board and co-founder, are currently working to establish the memorial in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Pope has dedicated herself to the project over the last two decades, and she expressed her gratitude for the President’s remarks. The memorial will provide much-needed recognition of the sacrifices made by individual soldiers and their families, and will serve as a poignant reminder of the tremendous costs of war.

President Obama described the resilient spirits of the wounded military veterans he and the First Lady have met over the last few years. His speech centered on his administration’s success in reducing the backlog of benefits claims and on his ongoing pledge to provide for the needs of wounded veterans.

The President also noted that with the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, more and more veterans will need their country’s assistance in coping with day-to-day challenges when they return to civilian life. He noted his administration’s commitment to offering educational and vocational training for veterans, as well as increased funding directed to their physical and mental health.

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