Joe Biden and wife meet Marines, families at Camp Pendleton
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited Camp Pendleton on Friday -- watching how Marines train for Afghanistan and how combat-wounded Marines are cared for when they return.
Dr. Biden arrived Friday morning, touring the Infantry Immersion Trainer and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal facilities, accompanied by Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
She said she was impressed with the realism of the Infantry Immersion Trainer, a faux-Afghan village where young Marines are prepared to patrol Afghan villages and interact with civilians but be on guard for insurgents.
"The sights, sounds, and smells -- everything is so different than what they're used to," she said.
Later she was joined by her husband at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West facility, meeting wounded Marines and their family members. The visit was part of the Joining Forces Initiative, Dr. Biden's effort with First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage public support for military members and their families.
The Wounded Warrior Battalion-West is dedicated to providing non-medical care for injured, ill or wounded Marines and preparing them to return to duty or to civilian life.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Vice President Joe Biden meets Sgt. James Amos at the recently opened Wounded Warrior Battalion-West Hope and Care Center. Amos, from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was wounded in the battalion's recent deployment to Afghanistan. Credit: Marine Cpl. Jovane Henry