WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he wants to raise the pay of America's fighting forces and improve health care and benefits for veterans.

The president also says he will soon announce a way to responsibly end the war in Iraq and a new path for the war in Afghanistan. Defense and foreign policy were a small part of Obama's first address to Congress on Tuesday that focused on the economic crisis.

Obama did not give specifics, but he said his new budget proposal for next year will provide for an expansion of the armed forces and increases in their pay and benefits.

Obama says his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison will make the country stronger.

Obama says he will also seek what he calls swift and certain justice for terrorists.