Obama visits wounded troops from Iraq, Afghan wars

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) ? President Barack Obama is paying his first visit of the year to wounded troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Obama flew by helicopter to the hospital outside Washington to spend part of Friday afternoon with servicemen and women recovering from their injuries.

The visit comes two days after Obama hosted Iraq War veterans at a gala White House dinner.

He praised those who served as heroes, welcoming them home two months after the last U.S. units left the country, concluding nearly nine years of combat.