President Obama saluted the extension of GI Bill education benefits to post-9/11 veterans on Monday, saying they sacrificed abroad while others back home sought to make money or play politics.

"While so many were reaching for the quick buck, they were heading out on patrol," Obama said. "While our discourse often produced more heat than light, especially here in Washington, they have put their very lives on the line for America. They have borne the responsibility of war."

During a ceremony at George Mason University, Obama said helping veterans with college tuition and housing is more than a "moral obligation."