President Barack Obama called on Americans Saturday to honor veterans with the health care and job benefits they have earned, one month ahead of the US military ending its war in Afghanistan.
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In his weekly address to the nation, which fell three days before Veterans Day, Obama reminded Americans that service to veterans has “only just begun” when they return home.

“Next month, our combat mission will be over, and America’s longest war will come to a responsible end,” Obama said.

“But the end of a war is just the beginning of our obligations to those who serve in our name,” he said.

Obama’s message also came just one day after unveiling plans to send 1,500 additional troops to Iraq.