Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has issued the following statement regarding President Obama's announced withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq:
"The announcement by President Obama of the full withdrawal of U.S combat forces in Iraq by the end of the year is a tribute to the tremendous effort put forward by American servicemen and women over the past decade. We are proud of their accomplishments.
While we look forward to their return home, we do remain concerned that the announced full withdrawal by December 31 could weaken Iraq's ability to establish a permanent democracy. We hope that is not the case and that Iraq will continue its firm commitment to a free and strong country of the people.
We thank our brave men and women who have served and are serving in Iraq to further the cause of freedom. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten."