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The Obamas greeting troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Wednesday.
Nothing really beats the sight of our servicemen and women returning home to reunite with their families. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Bragg, North Carolina to personally welcome returning veterans of the Iraq war and thank them for their immeasurable sacrifices. Obama said, "We know too well the heavy costs… nearly 4,500 Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice, including 202 fallen heroes from here at Fort Bragg."
The president acknowledged that the human cost is not shouldered by our troops alone, but also by their families.
"There have been missed birthday parties and graduations. There are bills to pay and jobs that have to be juggled with picking up the kids<' said Obama. "For every soldier that goes on patrol, there are the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters praying that they come back."
The president told the crowd, "For all the challenges that our nation faces, you remind us that there's nothing that we Americans can't do when we stick together." He added, "I am proud of you."
— By Skivjana Neza
NBC Nightly News