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President, First Lady visit Georgia troops

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia near Hinesville on Friday.

Thousands of soldiers lined up hours early to see the President and First Lady.

As part of his visit, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at protecting veterans and military families. Many have complained of being victimized by schools that target their federal education benefits.

"It's not right. They're trying to swindle and hoodwink you," said Obama. "Today here at Fort Stewart, we're going to put an end to it."

Among other things, the Obama Administration wants to trademark the term "G.I. Bill" so that it is not misused by school marketing programs.

The president spoke at the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River. It has been a staging point for troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of the soldiers on the post expressed their excitement at the president's visit.

"Already in shock with all the TV cameras and everything, all the media attention. It's great to be here being from Georgia and I'm going to look forward to the president coming by," said Lt. Alexander Waken of the United States Army.

"I voted for the president and I'm excited just to be a part of this, especially in my young career, to actually see the president. It's really exciting," said SPC Mikhail Sherman.

President Obama spoke after the First Lady addressed the soldiers and families. The president addressed the soldiers for about 30 minutes.

Before greeting the troops, the President and the First Lady paid tribute to fallen soldiers at Fort Stewart's Warrior's Walk, which is lined with 441 memorial trees.

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