On July 10, Vice President Biden visited the U.S.VETS – Las Vegas facility to speak with veterans working to transition into civilian life. He spent his time speaking with veterans during their life skills class, talking with them and answering questions.
Vice President Biden told the group that “The U.S. government has only one solemn obligation, we have many obligations, but only one solemn obligation – to prepare and equip those we send to war and to care for them and their families when they come home.”
He went on to say that “U.S.VETS has been here to help veterans before the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and before 9/11. My job, Steve’s job, everyone’s job is to remember our veterans and give them the help they need.”
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden were greeted by the CEO and President of the national U.S.VETS organization, Stephen Peck, and Shalimar Cabrera, Executive Director of U.S.VETS – Las Vegas. Before Vice President Biden met with veterans, they discussed the organization’s mission and goals to help veterans successfully transition into civilian life in their communities. Vice President Biden shook hands and greeted every veteran individually before taking questions and speaking with the group.
The last question the Vice President took was from a young veteran who asked him for his tie. As the Vice President loosened the knot he said, “You must have done your research on me; you know I’ll do anything for our veterans,” then tossed the tie to the Iraq/Afghanistan-era veteran. He and Dr Biden then took pictures with everyone at the facility.
Stephen Peck echoed the Vice President’s sentiment about our obligation to those who have served our country. “Most returning service members will return from combat to lead productive, normal lives,” said Peck. “Others will come back bearing invisible combat wounds. We believe it is our duty to do everything we can to help these veterans through this difficult period so they can become successful members of our communities.”