President Obama ended his State of the Union speech Tuesday with a tribute to U.S. troops and veterans of war, and a pledge to ensure they receive the benefits they deserve.
He highlighted in particular the experience of one soldier nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and who is still working to recover.
President Obama said men and women like that soldier -- Cory Remsburg -- remind the nation that "America has never come easy."
But for more than 200 years, he said, the nation has put its mistakes and frustrations aside to push for progress -- "to create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement; to free other nations from tyranny and fear" and "to promote justice and fairness and equality under the law."
And he closed with a statement of unity: that the nation Americans want for their kids is within reach, if everyone works together.