Top US Officer Uses D-Day Remembrance to Focus on Today's Veterans

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) - The American military's top officer says that World War II's defining moment, the D-Day landings at Normandy, should remind everyone that returning warriors need not suffer in quiet desperation.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, spoke Sunday in Bedford, Va., the site of the National D-Day Memorial. It pays tribute to those who died in the invasion of Europe that began on June 6, 1944.

Mullen drew a parallel with the men and women returning from today's battlefields, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans from World War II, many with the psychological wounds of war. He says the government, as well as communities and volunteer organizations, must help care for veterans, as well as families of the fallen.

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