Dr. Jill Biden on Veterans Day: ‘Remember that each of us has the ability to make a difference in the life of a service member’

By Gorman Gorman

Nov 6, 2009 2:19pm

ABC News' Karen Travers reports:Vice President Biden's wife Jill has written an essay for Veterans Day that will be featured in the Nov. 6-8 issue of USA Weekend Magazine.

Dr. Biden writes that she and the vice president will visit Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day and spend time with veterans and soldiers in order to show their thanks.

"On Veterans Day and every day, it's our duty to show appreciation for their service and remember that each of us has the ability to make a difference in the life of a service member," she writes.

In the essay Dr. Biden describes her family's experience during the year her son Beau served in Iraq as a military lawyer and captain in the Delaware Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade. 

One moment during Beau's deployment was particularly "bittersweet" – Election Night.

Dr. Biden recounts how, after the results were in, a computer was set up outside in Chicago so Beau could watch his family walk onstage and share in the excitement of the victory.

"The moment remains bittersweet, having Beau connected with us to share the moment, but not being there physically," she writes.

Dr. Biden says that a poem she received from a general's wife at Beau's deployment ceremony provided comfort, as did the prayers of friends and strangers, so she returns the favor to the families of those currently serving.

"I can be anywhere during the course of my day — writing on the chalkboard in my classroom, preparing a meal, walking into a meeting — and I just stop, close my eyes and say a quick prayer for those serving us," she writes.

-Karen Travers

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