Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo,) Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the Homeland Security Committee, today issued the following statement on the end of the war in Iraq:

"Today’s symbolic end to the 8-year war in Iraq does not end the cost of the war. Some 1.5 million men and women served in Iraq—nearly 4,500 were killed and 30,000 wounded. Aside from our continued thanks, those who served honorably and who have left the military deserve health care for their wounds, both physical and mental, and opportunities for employment to help make their return home complete. I can’t begin to say what is owed the spouses, parents and children of those who died for our freedom, but it is debt that must be part of our national conscience.  The decision to go to war, any war, must carry the lessons learned in Iraq."