President Barack Obama has vowed to do all he can to support members of the U.S.
military and their families, as Americans mark the Memorial Day holiday on
Monday honoring the nation's war dead.
In his weekly address Saturday,
Mr. Obama declared that he will send U.S. servicemen and women into harm's way
only when it is necessary, and will ensure that they have the proper training
Mr. Obama said Americans have a responsibility to serve
all servicemen and women as well as they serve the nation - a responsibility he
said the United States has not always lived up to.
The president promised
to support veterans with adequate health care and educational benefits. He said
he is proposing the largest single-year funding increase in three decades for
the Department of Veterans Affairs.