WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama urged the nation to keep veterans in their thoughts long after Veterans Day and ensure that they receive the care and benefits they've earned.
Participating in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, the president noted problems that some veterans have had in accessing health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says improvements are occurring, but he is not satisfied.
He said the nation is in the midst of a new wave of veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He asked communities and businesses to consider hiring veterans as they fill job openings.
"They're ready to serve and they'll make you proud," Obama said.
The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and led remarks at an annual observance intended to honor and thank all who have served in the armed forces.
Earlier in the day, the president had a breakfast reception with veterans and their families in the East Room of the White House.