President Barack Obama thanked U.S. troops for their service and signed an agreement on cooperating with Afghanistan on an unannounced trip there Tuesday, the trip signaled a significant step in bringing troops home from the country.
"Afghanistan has a friend and a partner in the United States," Obama said before he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement outlining cooperation between their countries once the U.S.-led international force withdraws in 2014.
Among the thousands of soldiers who will begin coming home from battlefields in Afghanistan is William Webb’s son.
“My son and all service members do noble things in dangerous places on our behalf, so as the president said we owe them the support they have earned and deserve.”
Webb is the president of the Huntsville based Still Serving Veterans nonprofit group. The group assists vets receive services and find jobs after they come home from war. The group is gearing up for the wave of soldiers coming back from Afghanistan over the next several months.
They are worried thousands of soldiers are going to come back from combat zones and have a difficult time assimilating back into communities here in the Tennessee Valley.
“We have a lot of work to do to make sure our veterans are getting the services they deserve,” Webb added.
The American Freedom Festival will be Saturday May 5 at the VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Lonestar will perform live for the benefit for veterans in the Tennessee Valley. For more information: www.americanfreedomfoundation.org