November 11th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden speaks at Veterans Day ceremony

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NEW CASTLE, Delaware (CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden spoke at his home state’s Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning, thanking the veterans present for their service and re-iterating his campaign’s promise to care for those coming back from foreign battlefields “in this war that we ignore in everyday life.”

“We are a nation at war,” said Biden “Sometimes, you would not recognize that because such a small percentage of our population is serving. But as I speak, it is probable that some young American has been felled by a bullet, or a IED, or a bomb or a terrorist attack somewhere in Afghanistan or in Iraq.”

As he regularly did on the campaign trail, Biden praised the National Guard for the role they’ve played in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the way they have joined in the fight with regular forces is “seamless.”

“I am astounded, I am moved to the point of pride that is hard to explain with the professionalism, the high morale and the unquestioned capability of our military forces now,” said Biden. “Regular in addition to our National Guard and Reserve. You cannot tell the distinction, it’s seamless.” (Biden’s son Beau is a captain in Delaware’s National Guard, deploying to Iraq at the end of the month.)

The future VP noted that post-traumatic stress levels, traumatic brain injury numbers, divorce and suicide rates are higher than in any other war. He added that he feels uncomfortable calling November 11 a holiday, saying it’s more a “holy day” because of the sacred obligation to those making sacrifices "in this war that we ignore in everyday life."

“The only sacred, sacred obligation this nation has is to care for those who we sent to war and prepare them and equip them with the best is available in the world and care for them when they come home,” said Biden. “The homecoming does not end with the homecoming parade.”

At the beginning of his remarks, Biden thanked his introducer for taking note of his new title but said nothing will give him more honor that being a senator from Delaware. He also shared with the crowd that he and his wife Jill will be visiting the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory on Friday, as the Obamas visited the White House Monday.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Democrat voting for McCain

    What a hypocrite. He and Obummer and the democratic Congress will gut defense spending, as they said before the election....even though that slipped out inadvertently. Can't trust any of these guys....they say one thing in front of vets and then plan on something that will harm the country. Typical liberal dishonesty.

    November 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Polly

    I wish we could elect a veteran into the Presidency. Veterans get great treatment at our local VA, but I wish there were more we could do to help treat addictions, etc.

    November 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Disgusted Voter

    Why was Joe Biden's draft dodging the best kept secret of the 2008 campaign? For somebody to dodge the draft at the height of Vietnam and then make political hay about his son being the safest person in Iraq is just plain obscene. Look at the garbage thrown at Bush, Quayle, and Cheyney about the military.

    November 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Julio

    Thanks to all veterans. We would not be free if not for your sacrifices.

    November 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Becky, Midwest

    Shut up, Joe!

    November 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Polly

    There is no closure for many veterans. I wish somehow our country would not forget about them when they come home. I wish somehow we could help them find closure and peace in their lives. To come home and be forgotten about because "life goes on"- well, the nightmares live on inside a soul. Our society is lacking support and programs. Friends and family do not know how to deal with these problems. Of course, society, nor the medical industry doesn't care about alcoholism- they leave it to the mental health professionals. Not too many people walk themselves in for treatment. It's a living nightmare for some folks in society. It's sad.

    November 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Simmy

    God bless all troops on active duty and Veterans!

    Thank you for your service and sacrifices. We owe you a debt of gratitude. We owe you much more than homelessness, lack of jobs, lack of money for schooling, fights at the VA offices to get benefits.

    I pray that our new president will take up your causes, and bring changes for the better for you all!

    Again, Thank you.

    God help all of the injured, may they get the help they need to live happy, meaningful lives. You are not alone, and not forgotten.

    November 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Grace Corcoran

    I find it interesting that some people would disrespect Joe Biden's son who is serving his country in Iraq as a military attorney. Although I do not support the war, I do support our military no matter their MOS.

    November 11, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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