Thursday, December 15, 2011

Soldiers React to President's Remarks on End of Iraq War
Dec 14, 2011 7:06 PM EST
By Sophia Stamas

Today President Obama spoke at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, marking the end of the War in Iraq by honoring what he called the military's extraordinary achievement there.

Here in central Texas, soldiers and veterans are reacting to what he had to say.

Army veteran Esteban Ramos served in the early days of the war.

Now he's out and is reflecting on the announcement that the nearly decade-long conflict is ending.

"Not only for us, the soldiers that were there and participated in the war, I think it's a sense of accomplishment, and I know to the Iraqi people, to have them sustain their own way of living, their own economy," said Ramos.

He was on the ground in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was captured, and he was there fighting to bring stability to the Iraqi people.

He says it's a mission that's now accomplished.

"I think we did a lot, we helped them upgrade their standard of living, we showed them ways to build on their infrastructure and stuff like that," said Ramos.
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