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Soldiers Returning From Iraq May Impact Job Market, Patrick Not Worried

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US soldiers inspect the site of a blast outside a bank where Iraqi police officers were collecting their salaries in the ethnically-mixed oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on September 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN IBRAHIM (Photo credit should read MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

US soldiers inspect the site of a blast outside a bank where Iraqi police officers were collecting their salaries in the ethnically-mixed oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on September 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN IBRAHIM (Photo credit should read MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – With the Iraq War coming to a close by Christmas, the flood of returning soldiers could an impact the local job market, but Gov. Deval Patrick is not worried.

“We paid a very high price in Massachusetts and as a country for the War in Iraq, so we’re gonna do whatever we need to do to welcome, warmly and proudly, those who have served back to their communities and to their families.

As for services for war veterans, Gov. Patrick said Massachusetts is first in the nation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

“It’s been good for us, and more to the point, it reflects our respect for the service and sacrifice of the men and women who stand in harm’s way for the rest of us,” said Gov. Patrick.

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year.

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