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Bush Meets With Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – President Bush met today in Aurora, Colo., with a group of servicemembers who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, thanking them for their service and expressing America's support for all troops.

"This country supports you and admires you and appreciates your dedication," Bush told the troops. "You're doing some hard work. It's hard work to defeat terrorists -- killers that wanted to achieve their objective. But we'll succeed; we'll prevail."

Bush had lunch with the troops before speaking at a reception in Englewood, Colo., and traveling on to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. The group of 10 servicemembers included five Air Force enlisted members and an Air Force officer, and enlisted members of the Marine Corps, Navy and Army.

Bush thanked the troops for their sacrifices and for their willing contributions to history. He assured them that the U.S. will win the war on terror, because American troops perform with dignity and honor and have freedom on their side.

"I want our troops to understand that not only does the country support them, but we'll win. It's in our national interests that we win," he said.

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