ANNAPOLIS, Md. (December 14, 2011) – With American troops scheduled to exit Iraq by the end of this month, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown issued the following statement today in recognition of the end of the War in Iraq:
“Through careful planning, negotiating and timing, the President has fulfilled his commitment to the American people to responsibly end the War in Iraq. The efforts of President Obama and our military and diplomatic leaders have given the Iraqi people the tools they need to assume the responsibilities and the challenges that lie ahead. Although the war has ended, we must always remember the sacrifice made by so many, especially the 4,500 American servicemembers we lost to this conflict. It is our collective responsibility to honor their memory by ensuring that all those brave men and women who served receive the care and benefits they have so rightly earned.”
Lt. Governor Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources. In 2004, Lt. Governor Brown – then a Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves – deployed to Iraq with the 353rd Civil Affairs Command and served a 10-month tour with the Multi-National Force-Iraq, where he worked with military and civilian officials to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of the war-torn country.
Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown has championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act that expanded services to veterans in rural parts of the state, protect veterans business loans programs and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. Earlier this year, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedsJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning servicemembers with careers in the Federal Government.