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Federal government observes Veterans Day; some note changes in military over the years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Today is a federal holiday in honor of Veterans Day. Sunday was the historic anniversary of the end of World War I, and Americans held ceremonies honoring troops past and present. President Bush spoke at an observance in Texas while Vice President Cheney led the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington. Some veterans note how the military has changed. The founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund says soldiers today are getting better treatment when they return from war than did those who served in Vietnam. He says the public has been able to "separate the war from the warrior." Earlier last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates marked the 10th anniversary of a national memorial to women who've served in the military. Air Force Brigadier General Michelle Johnson noted that women in uniform today have opportunities that women of past generations could never have imagined, from flying fighter jets to driving ships. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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