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Well to celebrate this Thanksgiving the vice president -- doctor Jill Biden hosted a private dinner at their home for a small group of wounded warriors from Walter Reed.
Doctor Biden talked about the importance of the dinner and shared some family traditions in an exclusive interview -- are generally.
Back side in reflecting a little bit on this interview I started thinking about.
-- Thanksgiving a few years ago when my boyfriend now -- that was deployed.
And -- that was the first time that I had a loved one.
Leaving go to war and that really changed everything for me.
It change the way.
That I thought about so much I'm just curious for you.
How watching your son deploy.
Change the way that you look.
It was difficult I -- you know as you have felt and our son -- was deployed to have the two Iraq.
A few years ago and it was right before Thanksgiving so.
You're right I know what it's like to look around your holiday table and see.
You know that your son is missing mom and dad so you -- look at things differently again and again.
So we went to Christmas and Easter and several holidays and I don't think you ever get used to it and that's one of the reasons that I love this dinner so much that we do here at the residence because.
And we invite wounded warriors from -- Walter Reed who cannot account for their holiday so it's a nice -- for us to get back to say thanks to our troops.
How has it been blending that experience as a mom.
-- your public persona.
As second lady.
Well I think it's just.
-- natural extension really because we've gone through this so I feel like.
When I -- military families and especially military moms I feel like.
You know we're all just one big family and I feel very close to the military families -- and -- dinner for a few years now.
And I'm curious if you've noticed.
-- change it and some of the soldiers needed if -- think about the war and maybe some other injuries -- sustained has anything really sit out tears you've watched.
This war girls.
I think maybe be.
The injuries have gotten a little worse just because I think that.
The people in Afghanistan.
A little bit more sophisticated.
About you know fighting us and but.
It when I see the wounded warriors I mean they are so strong and so resilient when -- going to visit them at the hospitals.
And they all have such positive attitude.
And they just make Americans proud really that.
They're not feeling sorry for themselves they're getting out there and they're doing marathon.
Their bike riding and they're rowing -- so.
You know they're just they're adjusting to life with a really positive attitude to tell us a little bit about.
-- -- -- tonight so we have 37 people here tonight and it's wounded lawyers and their families may be imam maybe.
-- of south.
And that silly with cook this traditional Turkey with all this is stopping in the feelings and and the sides and so it's just a lot of fun getting to know what one another and and if you don't just about then it's all about them and and what they've been through and what their lives are like you have a special dish aiming for -- -- -- -- -- Well maybe -- -- -- America makes so -- that.
That's on the menu with the typical Thanksgiving like for the Biden's.
Well we all get together I mean it's you know like every other crazy American family and you know there's lots -- -- -- and a lot going on an issue we have.
A new family member -- -- you know my daughter got engaged so now we have a new family members that he's a Catholic that craziness has -- -- the test out absolutely yes Nancy.
Is the vice president responsible for any of that noise that happens Thanksgiving well.
Really -- -- most of the kids did a little different dinner tonight he is you have a lot of responsibilities but it picking isn't one of them at least for tonight you know as reproach.
On this Thanksgiving.
Many Americans feel wrong.
Disappointed or -- discouraged about what's happening in Washington and you have such an interesting perspective on all of that.
And I'm curious what your message would be to American families who are feeling.
Little slim chance that are dissolution with what they're -- DC right now.
Well I think that you know Michelle and I had this feeling forced into the initiative and we've tried to.
Create awareness of our military families and everything they've done for this country.
So I think my message to families to American families.
When they sit down to.
Say their their family's blessing that maybe if they could just say.
A little blessing for our troops.
You know we ask every American's to commit to -- kinds.
And even if you want to reach out to somebody in your neighborhood -- take a higher.
Invite -- Family over who -- he has someone deployed in their eating dinner by you know alone.
But at the very least at least.
-- you look at those images of our troops in places like Afghanistan sitting down for their.
Thanksgiving meals you know they definitely deserve our thanks and and our -- every day we're gonna visit them actually --
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