President Obama underscored the importance of supporting service members as they transition into the civilian world during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
“We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home. And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families,” he said.
Obama then chronicled the story of Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009 during his tenth overseas deployment. After being in a coma and enduring dozens of surgeries, Remsburg has begun to recover.
“Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye. He still struggles on his left side,” Obama said. “But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again — and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again,” the president said.
The president vowed to slash the backlog of disability claims at the Veterans Affairs Department and make sure wounded warriors receive the necessary health care, reported the Hill.
Obama also emphasized the importance of hiring veterans and highlighted the accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative spearheaded by the first lady and Jill Biden. “The Joining Forces alliance that Michelle and Jill Biden launched has already encouraged employers to hire or train nearly 400,000 veterans and military spouses,” he said.