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President Obama speaks to disabled veterans in Orlando

esident Barack Obama addressed thousands of veterans at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando on Saturday.
President Barack Obama addressed thousands of veterans at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando on Saturday.
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Updated: 8/10/2013 6:53 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- President Barack Obama addressed thousands of veterans at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando on Saturday.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Orlando to speak at the four-day convention. Air Force One touched down at Orlando International Airport around 11:15 a.m. and took off just before 1:30 p.m.

For the second time in three years, Obama discussed the concerns of disabled veterans at their national convention. The president made two major announcements during his speech on Saturday.

"This time of war may be coming to an end but the job of caring for our veterans goes on," Obama said.

Obama told the crowd of nearly 4,000 veterans about a new plan to guide mental health research. He also announced commitments from 250 colleges and universities to help veterans earn degrees and find jobs.

"We don't want you just fighting overseas, but here building a stronger America," Obama said.

Veterans say the struggle to reconnect once home from war is difficult, especially for those fighting mental and physical injuries.

"We still have guys with PTSD and Agent Orange and they need that medical support," disabled veteran Lee Johnson said.

Obama touted progress in cutting down the backlog of disability claims, which are among the highest in Florida. The president also addressed family members in the audience who continue to look after wounded veterans.

"For the caregivers and families, we're going to keep empowering you with the skills and support you need as you care for the veterans you love," Obama said.

The disabled vets convention is going on until August 13 at the Hilton Orlando on Destination Parkway.
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nativejax - 8/12/2013 5:39 AM
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The truth hurts doesn't tlynn...your a brown nosing obama butt kisser. You don't know what your talking about, nor do you care, as long as you keep getting your freebies...Just another sheep, being lead astray. All you know is to argue, even when you're being sadly misled. Nothing is free.

Truthseeker - 8/12/2013 4:35 AM
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A low life like Obama shouldn't be allowed to even be in the same room as these people who have actually sacrificed and given for the country that they love. That is something Obama would know nothing about

tlynn - 8/11/2013 9:30 PM
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That is what you said, isn't it? native? Keep on! It's attitudes like yours that keep this country on the downward spiral that we find ourselves on!

tlynn - 8/11/2013 9:26 PM
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baaa!

wishmistress - 8/11/2013 9:02 PM
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Counting down to 2016. Let's hope there's still something left to pick through and salvage in what's left of our country.

nativejax - 8/11/2013 12:39 AM
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OBama isn't isn't 'leading' this Country, he's still campaigning?!? Did anyone else hear how some Disabled Veterans are only making 22 cents an hour? One place Goodwill, whose owner is worth Billions, has a loop hole where he's been getting away with it for years. NOT RIGHT AT ALL.

tlynn - 8/10/2013 9:15 PM
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Some cases obviously related to Agent Orange STILL are not recognized today! 40+ years later!

Realchange - 8/10/2013 9:03 PM
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Notice how they skipped over poisoned Desert Storm veterans. Won't touch that subject at all.
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