White House to honor Iraq vets and fallen
President Obama and Vice President Biden take part in a ceremony to mark the return of the US Forces - Iraq colors on December 20, 2011 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
February 6th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

White House to honor Iraq vets and fallen

By Barbara Starr

The White House plans to hold a formal dinner in the coming weeks honoring Iraq war veterans, the fallen and their families, a senior DOD official has confirmed. He declined to be identified pending a formal White House announcement.

The official said the dinner for some 200 people will include military personnel of all ranks, but the focus will be on enlisted personnel who served in Iraq. The dinner comes as the veteran’s advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has been pressing for a ticker tape parade to specifically honor veterans of the Iraq war.

The senior official said top US military officers are opposing holding a parade for the Iraq war, “while there are still troops in harms way,” fighting in Afghanistan. “A New York city style ticker tape parade has come to represent a major national tribute,” the official said.

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Topics: Iraq • Military
Morning Briefing February 6
February 6th, 2012
09:12 AM ET

Morning Briefing February 6

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Rockets, motars rain down on Syrian city, opposition says (CNN)

Race issue rises again (POLITICO)

New poll Obama holds edge over Ronmey (WashPost)

The flub watch never stops for the Obama camp (NYT)

Merkle presses Greece, another bailout deadline slips (Reuters)

POTUS laying low today
February 6th, 2012
07:55 AM ET

POTUS laying low today

10:00AM        Pool Call Time

12:00PM        THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

                             Oval Office  / Closed Press

2:30PM          THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

                           Oval Office /  Closed Press


Briefing Schedule

12:30 PM       Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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