February 29th, 2012
09:32 PM ET
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:
Sitting with Vice President Biden:
Sitting with Dr. Biden: