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Joe Biden goes offscript on Memorial Day speech to surviving familes

Original post made by Mdnltfp (abrev), Atherton: West of Alameda, on May 26, 2012

Off script. In front of cameras and 2,000 people. Memorial Day weekend talk to the T.A.P.S. event (Tragedy Assistance for Survivors.) For military families that have lost a loved one on active duty. Talks about his son being in Iraq and goes offscript. The guilt of the returning, the survivors, not all losses are equal, the black hole in their heart, suicide.

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Love him or hate him, Joe Biden has more humanity than any politician I've heard.

There are links all over the web, here's an edited one. Suggest you find the whole thing. Different links of the event in the "in the news" tab at TAPS site

Hope this helps capture the spirit of the 'holiday'.

"This isn't just a three day weekend"

God bless America, may God bless Joe's family and the TAPS families.

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Posted by big hand
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on May 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

Big hand for the vp.

Truly beautiful moment.

Nice to see all the usual bs put aside for these families that suffered so much.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Watch this BEFORE your football game or barbecue.

This will help you remember what Memorial Day is really about and that some families will be missing a loved one today because that loved one died on a battlefield somewhere - for US.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

That has to be one of teh most honest speachs I've ever seen given by a politician in my life. And yes Peter you are right. Memorial day is about those that gave all for this country - made teh ultimate sacrifice. It is something we can't honestly ever repay. We can only try.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

It's not just on the battlefields that we lose them - it's also to suicide and addictions fueled by PTSD. The latter has its own set of horrific problems that affect the vet & their loved ones - it's heartbreaking. I also know veterans from more recent wars who have a variety of health ailments.

I appreciated the Vice President's speech & I echo the sentiments expressed here. For one of the few times in my life, a political speech will be on my mind when tomorrow I spend some time giving thanks.

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Posted by Mdnltfp (abrev)
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on May 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

"Hmmmm", MV, PC, bh:

Not to be outdone, Gary Trudeau highlighted in his own way (perhaps not the elegant op-ed or a fancy speech, but he does have far greater reach) the challenges faced, and especially the losses afterwards of our service members, in Sunday's strip.

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Shall we hoist one tomorrow afternoon in their name?

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

Shall we hoist one tomorrow afternoon in their name?

I know I will.

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Posted by aptmt
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

You are a truly beautiful and warm, Mr Vice President.

How's that bumpersticker so?

humankind - be both

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