When different news stations first aired clips from the Vice President’s speech, I was awed by how honest he was and just how on point his words might be for the people who need to hear them the most.
While Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and the First Lady Michelle Obama work to bring attention to the needs of military families, there is a difficulty in addressing families who have lost service members. Families may rightfully “resent” people saying they ” know how [they] feel,” so having the Vice President share his experience is all the more important because like the people in the audience he does know how it feels to lose a spouse or a child, suddenly and tragically.
One day after my father returned from the first Gulf War, a Marine in his dress uniform came to the door when my dad was at work. Unbelievably, this Marine came to our home in some sort of error; yet in that moment, all I could think was, “No! He came back…this can’t be real” When the Marine left, I felt even worse because I was relieved, but knew he was going to deliver the worst news to another family.
That was but a moment of the worst pain ever; yet for all the families that have had members of their families ripped from them over the last 10 years or so of war, it is more than a moment of anguish. And for that reason, I hope that the follow words from Vice President Biden’s prove to be true:
There will come a day, I promise you and your parents as well, that the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It will happen.
My prayer for you is that day will come sooner than later.