U.S. Senator Robert Menendez issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year.
“Today’s announcement by President Obama, bringing home American troops from Iraq, is historic. As someone who voted against the war while in the House of Representatives, I believe this was the right decision. This was a war of choice — not necessity– and it is time to bring home the nearly 40,000 troops to their families.
“Today, we also recognize that more than 4,000 families across our nation will not welcome home their sons and daughters from this war and tens of thousands more troops will return with life-long injuries sustained during their service. We extend our hand in humble gratitude to these troops and their families for their enduring sacrifices and we must now be ready to ensure that a grateful nation provides the employment opportunities, health care, and benefits that those returning deserve.”