Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today marking the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War. Loebsack is the only member from the Iowa delegation to serve on the Armed Services Committee and has traveled to Iraq three times. During his visits, Loebsack met with troops and commanders on the ground and brought a touch of home to the troops by presenting them with care packages made by Iowa students.
"As we reflect on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War we thank the men and women who served for their bravery and selflessness. We must also remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and honor their memory. We must pay tribute to the families of the more than one million troops who served in Iraq. Though the war has ended, we still have a great responsibility here at home. We must ensure that our servicemembers, who served with such dedication and honor, receive nothing but the best medical care and support, and that those looking for civilian jobs are able to find them."
"After ten years, 4,475 lives lost, more than 32,000 injured and more than a trillion dollars spent, there are many lessons that we as a nation must take away from the war. But none is as important as making sure our troops have the tools necessary to stay safe on the battlefield and those who have returned have access to the services they need when they come home. As a member of the Armed Services Committee and a military parent, I work every day to ensure our men and women who volunteer to defend our country are taken care of, whether here at home or when they are overseas."