Details from the armed forces dinner
US President Barack Obama speaks during a dinner in the East Room of the White House for members of the US armed forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
February 29th, 2012
09:32 PM ET

Details from the armed forces dinner

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a special dinner at the White House tonight to honor those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn and to honor their families. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense Panetta and Jt. Chiefs Chairman Dempsey addressed the guests in the East Room of the White House.  The president told those gathered just "as the war wounds last a lifetime, so does our gratitude and commitment."  Over 100 service men, women, Gold Star family members and representatives from veterans groups were invited along with a guest.  Many chose to bring a fellow service member.

The lucky guests seated with the President:
CW4 Nelson A. Visaya
Gunnery Sergeant Deverson Lochard
Petty Officer Third Class (HM3), Max R. Rohn
Master Sergeant Jeremy D. Coombs
Master Sergeant Jessica R. Coombs
1st LT Paul S. Gonzalez

Sitting with the First Lady:
Kim Felts, a Gold Star wife from Fayetteville, NC.

Sitting with Vice President Biden:
Sergeant First Class Sebastian K. Ellis
Sergeant Nytayia D. Jamison

Sitting with Dr. Biden:
Staff Sergeant Jed Glover was with the Raider Stryker unit Dr. Biden met in Iraq on July 4, 2010.

Tonight’s Menu:
Salad of heirloom tomatoes with baby mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinaigrette
Dry aged ribeye with béarnaise
Yukon gold potato croquettes
Chocolate creme brulee with brownie and mini-chocolate malted


Topics: Military • President Obama • The News

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  1. mihalyim

    Gratitude and commitment. That must be why he wants to raise the cost of health care that our vets pay for by 300% to show is gratitude.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • John

      Given what service men and woman make this policy to raise their rate is aweful. Especially when it is announced in the same week that we are spending $750,000 at GITMO.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am |
      • John

        for soccer fields (the rest of my sentence).

        March 1, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  2. Name*Liz Carter

    Of course they started a firestorm about this event!!! 'He should be giving them a parade'! Just anything to smear anything this President's good! They try so hard to turn anything good into bad! Devils is what they are! Even a Georgia soldier said No...he didn't think a parade would be in order until they were all back! They left a few for training and military security reasons. So will you folk give it up? You know good and well this President is on the mark! Furthermore, if you were truly so concerned about a parade for troops coming home from a war that many of us thought we shouldn't have started in the first place...what happened to the parade for the soldiers and marines who made it back home from Vietnam? They were sent back home literally incognito! So stop the fake patriotic drama. The ones who're trying to stir the pot probably hadn't had their foot in a boot!

    March 1, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • John

      Liz, what is this in reference to?It looks like it was a good event according to this article.

      March 1, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        John, I had posted a previous comment saying how beautiful a gesture this seemed to be before I even went on with one you're asking me about. It seems it didn't post for some reason...but what I was speaking of here was some of the media, when they were announcing the event, locally and even a mentioning on CNN that there was some resenters squabbling that he should have been giving them a parade. I think it was squashed by somebody who was intelligent though.

        March 1, 2012 at 8:46 am |
      • John

        Oh.
        It is a very nice gesture. Let's just say I do not agree with most of the policies BO has set forth. But, when he does something good like this he should be recognized for it.

        March 1, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  3. jerry

    I guess he had to do something...he can't snub them as he would like to do. Lord knows he won't get there vote...and that is for darn sure.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  4. LA

    Again, Jerry...the Obamas have never snubbed the armed forces. Speak from knowledge, not hatred.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  5. Name*Liz Carter

    @Jerry...and you know this how? He won't get the military vote why? Please explain. The only military votes he may NOT get are the ones who are related to the OBAMA-hating posters on this blog! Blood is thicker than water...even if it fails! Supremacist ideology is even thicker! Even if they know they'd be cutting off their noses to spite their faces..they still believe there's stength in numbers, which there is! There's just not going to be enough!! All in all, the military will too be voting for Barack Obama in November...OK? So don't get it twisted!!

    March 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  6. PeterT

    I admire the support of the First Lady for military families. This has come not a day too soon! Thank you Michelle – from all of us!

    March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am |