Governor Schwarzenegger Thanks Veterans For Their Service

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Governor Schwarzenegger says he wants to do more to help California veterans. 

He attended a Veteran’s Day ceremony in Los Angeles today (Wednesday) just as his office announced that Schwarzenegger will be visiting Iraq next week. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
(natural sound)  “Color Guard, Present The Colors...”

(natural sound up and under script—music: “Taps”) 

The mood was somber at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.  Schwarzenegger was introduced as a veteran himself, having been a tank driver in the Army of his home country, Austria.   

He thanked veterans for their service...
Schwarzenegger:  “Great men and women, have made sure that we have this liberty and all of these opportunities and all of this freedom here in this country. So because of that I treasure this country but I even more so treasure the people who protected it...”
Schwarzenegger says the government should do more to help soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with mental health problems. 

The governor plans to visit soldiers in Iraq next week. 

It’s his first trip there since 2003, when he previewed his latest “Terminator” movie for troops.