From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the formal end to the War in Iraq:
“Nearly nine years ago, our country launched a preemptive war against Iraq. I was one of 23 Senators who voted against sending American troops to Iraq and since then have looked for every opportunity to bring them home. I am glad that this costly and painful war in Iraq has finally come to an end.
“To our outstanding men and women in uniform I say, you have performed brilliantly and sacrificed greatly in Iraq. We have seen the best of a generation fight valiantly on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform along with their families has been heroic. Many served multiple deployments. Over 4,000 American servicemembers died – including 74 Marylanders – and tens of thousands more were injured, both physically and emotionally.
“Our troops have honored our country by volunteering to serve, and I worked to honor their sacrifice by continuing to fight to bring them home. As they return home, we must stay firm in our commitment to them by making sure they have access to the services and support they and their families have earned and deserve. As a member of the Senate Military Family Caucus, I will never stop fighting for the men and women in uniform who have fought on behalf of our nation.
“I commend President Obama for standing by his commitment to bringing our troops home from Iraq. I respectfully urge the President to now examine every opportunity to accelerate bringing our troops in Afghanistan home swiftly and safely. As in Iraq, America has paid a steep price for the long and costly war in Afghanistan. It’s time to bring our troops and money home from Afghanistan and focus on investing in job creation here on the home front.”