The President and first lady hosted a dinner honoring veterans of the Iraq war and their families. The White House said that service members of all ranks and services, and from each of the 50 states, attended the dinner.
Combat operations in Iraq officially ended in August, with the final U.S. troops leaving in December. A small contingent of troops remain in Iraq to protect the U.S. embassy and provide other support. Around 4,500 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq with thousands more wounded.
USA Today reports that the White House invited more than 200 guests, who will represent the 1.5 million troops who fought in Iraq over the nine year war. First Lady Michelle Obama chose the plight of military families as one of her core causes during her husband's 2008 presidential campaign.