Along with first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden has made honoring America's troops a priority, and on Monday she and husband Joe Biden welcomed some of the country's bravest soldiers to show their gratitude. The second family hosted the fourth annual Early Thanksgiving for Wounded Warriors at the Naval Observatory to pay tribute to the servicemembers' sacrifice, according to Yahoo! News.
The soldiers in attendance are all currently receiving treatment at nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and were chosen specifically because they likely would not have been able to make it home to their family for the holiday.
"We're just so incredibly proud of you," Biden told the assembled crowd. "We can never – and I mean this sincerely – never, ever repay you and your families for the sacrifices you've made."
The attendees came from the Army, Marines and Air Force, and they were treated to a pretty impressive meal. Among the foods included in the spread were parmesan mashed potatoes, roasted vegetable macaroni and cheese and a buttermilk brined roast turkey with lemon-parsley gravy.
The Bidens are uniquely qualified to host the nation's wounded warriors, as their son Beau Biden – the Attorney General of Delaware – served a year in Iraq from 2008 to 2009.