Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, made a visit to Fort Bragg, North Carolina this past Wednesday as part of a Welcome Home ceremony, honoring and thanking the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps, who just returned from a 15-month deployment in Iraq.
During his address on Fort Bragg’s Main Post Parade Field to the recently redeployed troops, he discussed the successes that the 18th ABN Corps experienced while in Iraq, as well as presenting soldiers several awards, including three bronze stars and a meritorious service medal for a Chaplain. 1,200 Soldiers from the Corps different units were in attendance.
You did more than I suspect you even know,” Biden said. “You went in the midst of what was an uncertain future for Iraq and you left a country where violence is replaced by progress.”
Biden also recognized the families, saying that “so many people — good, decent Americans — don’t have any idea of the depths of the sacrifices your families make.”
“I want you to know that my wife and I know, President Obama and Michelle Obama know, my colleagues in the Congress know — and we appreciate it more than you can imagine,” he explained.
Jill Biden herself has become a major advocate of military families and support groups that work with those families, and is vowing to make these issues a top priority while her husband is in Office. After the hour and a half long ceremony, she spent a good amount of time shaking the hands of wives that were in attendance, speaking with them candidly about their experiences and concerns.
“One of the things Michelle (Obama) and I are trying to do is create awareness of what our troops are doing, in that we are at war,” Biden said. “And the average American might think about that once in a while, but I know that the families of military members think about it almost every moment of every day. I know, as a military mom myself, how many times a day I stop and think about it.”
The Biden’s son, Beau, is currently deployed to Iraq with the Delaware National Guard.