President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) By Susan Walsh
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama begins his week by paying tribute to servicemen and women who have been wounded in battle.
Obama is scheduled to travel to suburban Bethesda, Md., to visit Monday with service members who are being treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan was marked last week, and Obama has announced plans to draw down forces there by next fall. Steps also are under way to end the large-scale deployment of U.S. forces in Iraq. The United States has been involved in military action there since the spring of 2003.