In American author John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, a father describes to his son what it means to be a soldier: “A soldier is the most holy of all humans because he is the most tested.” “Nearly all men are afraid,” he continues. “They don’t even know what causes their fear — shadows, perplexities, dangers without names or numbers, fear of a faceless death. But if you can bring yourself to face not shadows but real death, described and recognizable, by bullet or sabre, arrow or lance, then you need never be afraid again.” Today, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on behalf of a grateful nation, Vice President Joe Biden thanked America’s veterans – the most tested among us: read more

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The Most Tested Among Us: Vice President Biden Pays Tribute to Our Nation’s Veterans