On Friday morning, President Obama gave his final Veterans Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In the wake of a week that has left the country divided, grieving and confused, his words were forward-looking, and urged the American people to search for ways to come together.
He expressed his gratitude for the veterans who have served our country, and spoke of them as a living example of Americans from vastly different backgrounds who work together to protect our citizens:
Whenever the world makes you cynical, whenever you seek true humility and selflessness, look to a veteran.
Under the Obama administration, funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased by 85 percent, veteran homelessness has decreased, and access to mental health support has improved. And while these are impressive statistics, Obama noted that we cannot ever fully repay our veterans for the service they've provided us.