Transcript for Obama: Freedom of America Has Never Come Easy
My fellow Americans. No other country in the world does what we do. On every issue the world turns us. Not simply because both -- of our economy or military might. But because the ideals we stand for. And the burdens we bear to advance them. No one knows this better. Than those who serve in uniform. This time of war draws to a close. And new generation of heroes returns to civilian life. Won't keep slashing that backlog -- veterans receive the benefits they were. And our wounded warriors received -- health care. Including the mental health care that they need. We'll keep working and -- help all our veterans translating their skills and leadership. The new jobs here at home. And we will all continue to join forces to honor and support -- remarkable military famines. Let me tell you -- One of those families I've come to know. The first -- in court rams -- -- proud army ranger. That Omaha Beach on the 65 anniversary of along with some of this fellow Rangers he walked me through the program -- ceremony. Here's a strong impressive young man had an easy manner he was sharp as a tack. -- we joked around and took pictures and I told to stay in touch. For a few months later. On his tenth deployment. Quarry was nearly killed by massive. Roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found America now face down. Under -- Shrapnel in his brain. For months. You in a coma. Next time I met him in the hospital. -- -- Could barely move. Over the years he's endured dozens of surgeries and procedures. Hours -- grueling rehab every day. Even now -- still blind -- one. Still struggles on his left side. But slowly and steadily. With the support of caregivers like his dad Craig and the community around him. Couri has grown stronger. Dave I bet he's learned to speak again and stand again. Walk again. Things working toward -- day when he can serve his country again. My recovery has not been easy -- us. Nothing in life that's worth anything. Is easy. -- is here tonight. And like the army he loves. Like America he serves. Sargent first class -- rams bird. Never gives up and he does not quit. My fellow Americans. My fellow Americans. The men and women like -- remind us. That America has never come easily. Our freedom. Our democracy. Has never been easy. Sometimes we stumble. We make mistakes. We get frustrated -- discouraged. But for more than 200 years. We have put those things aside. And placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress. To create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement. To three other nations from tyranny and fear. To promote justice. And fairness. And equality under the law to that the words set the paper by our founders. Are made real for every citizen. The America we want for our kids. -- rising America were honest work as plentiful and communities are strong. Where prosperity is widely shared. An opportunity for all let's let's go as far as our dreams and spoil will take us none of it -- -- But if we work together. If we -- what is best in us. The -- -- -- what is best in him with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast toward tomorrow. I know it is within our reach. Believe it. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.
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