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Family Matters Blog: Obama Vows to ‘Keep Faith’ With Families

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2012 – Senior leaders yesterday underscored their commitment to caring for troops, veterans and their families, and the programs that support them, in a briefing that laid the groundwork for future defense spending.

President Barack Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to unveil the defense strategic guidance that will shape the Defense Department’s budget decisions for the years ahead. The department will cut its budget by $487 over the next 10 years.

The nation will “keep faith with those who serve,” Obama said, “by making sure our troops have the equipment and capabilities they need to succeed, and by prioritizing efforts that focus on wounded warriors, mental health and the well-being of our military families.”

The president pledged his ongoing support to veterans. “We’ll keep working to give our veterans the care, the benefits and job opportunities that they deserve and that they have earned,” he said.

Panetta acknowledged service members’ concerns regarding budget cuts and what they’ll mean for their families, and promised to continue to look out for them as the budget takes shape.

"You have put your lives on the line, and fought to make our country safer and stronger,” he said. “I believe this strategic guidance honors your sacrifices and strengthens the country by building a force equipped for the future.

“I have no higher responsibility than fighting to protect you and your families, just as you have fought and bled to protect our country,” he said.

For more on the defense strategic guidance, visit Defense.gov.


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