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.