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WASHINGTON DC 29 Feb 2012 White House honors Iraq veterans
President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama plan a dinner on Feb 29 to honor troops who served in Iraq, an event certain to turn up t

February 29, 2012 - NULL

WASHINGTON DC 29 Feb 2012 White House honors Iraq veterans
President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama plan a dinner on Feb 29 to honor troops who served in Iraq, an event certain to turn up the volume on calls for wider recognition of Iraq veterans. The United States pulled out the last of its combat troops in Dec 2011, almost nine years after invading Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. There are calls for a parade through New York's Canyon of Heroes, like the one given in February for the victorious New York Giants football team, for the returned

WASHINGTON DC 29 Feb 2012 White House honors Iraq veterans
President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama plan a dinner on Feb 29 to honor troops who served in Iraq, an event certain to turn up the volume on calls for wider recognition of Iraq veterans. The United States pulled out the last of its combat troops in Dec 2011, almost nine years after invading Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. There are calls for a parade through New York's Canyon of Heroes, like the one given in February for the victorious New York Giants football team, for the returned troops.

The calls are coming from a coalition of veterans, elected officials and other public figures. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he won't authorize a veterans' parade without a green light from the White House, explaining that the Pentagon has decided it is not appropriate to hold a parade for the men and women who served in Iraq while American soldiers are still fighting in Afghanistan. According to the New York Times, which reported the story, Bloomberg has long expressed his regret that the United States did not do a better job honoring veterans of the Vietnam War in the 1970s.

The Giants, which won the Super Bowl on Feb 5, was showered with confetti and greeted by large crowds during their parade. According to the New York Times, this fourth parade since 2000 to honor a sports team has touched off anger and unease among Iraq veterans awaiting recognition.

Men and women in uniform from all ranks, services, states and backgrounds, representative of the many thousands of Americans who served in Iraq, will be invited to the White House dinner. (WRITTEN FEB 2012)

RELATED READING:

Veterans of Iraq War, Some Argue, Also Deserve a Parade (6 Feb 2012)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/nyregion/calls-for-a-new-york-parade-honoring-iraq-veterans.html?pagewanted=1&;_r=1

Date written/update: 2012-02-29