Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is everyone who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This operation lasted from 2003 to 2011.
On March 20, 2003, President George W. Bush officially launched Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The operation was a U.S.-led coalition aimed to rid Iraq of dictator Saddam Hussein and eliminate his ability to use weapons of mass destruction. More broadly referred to as the Iraq War, OIF was fought under two U.S. presidents, spanned nine years and involved over two dozen countries. While on this day, we remember this international conflict, we should also take time to shift our focus away from mere historical facts and instead focus upon the many servicemen and women who served in the United States military during this time.
To the approximately 4,500 reported causalities and the 32,000 service members wounded in action, we thank you for your service. To the men and women deployed overseas from the Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, National Guard and Reserves, Army and Marine Corps, we thank you for your service. To the living Veterans and to those who have lost their lives since returning home, we thank and honor you for your service. To the health care professionals, engineers, support personnel and volunteers who also helped and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, we thank you for your service. And, to the families and loved ones of those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, we thank you for your support.
To everyone who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, we appreciate your service and dedication today.
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Editor: Arletha Ndoume