Philip Rucker, The Washington Post via Instagram for #2012Unfiltered

Under criticism for failing to mention the war in Afghanistan or recognize America’s troops in his convention speech last month, Mitt Romney repeatedly honored veterans, troops and civilian responders as he addressed a National Guard gathering in Reno, Nev. on Tuesday.

Romney made no new policy pronouncements; he set a goal for the Afghanistan war, as he has before, of completing a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014, but did not expound on the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

Instead, Romney told personal stories of his encounters with troops and Guardsmen, both during a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq as governor of Massachusetts and on the campaign trail running for president.