Disabled American Veterans welcome VP Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden is praising America's veterans for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of their country. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Disabled American Veterans Convention welcomed the Vice President to Las Vegas Saturday morning.
Vice President Joe Biden received a standing ovation from the DAV, addressing those with old scars, while acknowledging those who have only recently returned home.
“2.8 million of you signed up, not wondering, but almost certainly knowing you were going to go to war after 9/11,” Biden said. “2.8 million of you walked across those scorching sands of Iraq, and that god awful terrain of Afghanistan.”
The VP used the opportunity to tout the policies of the last 4 years and how the Obama presidency was able to help disabled veterans. Offering up, “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” as a possible bumper sticker slogan.
The fact that this year is an election year was not lost on disabled veterans.
“The vice president is a politician, it's an election year. He made that clear,” said one disabled veteran who asked to remain anonymous.
Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez was on hand to receive the award for Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year.
“It's an honor,” Martinez said. “I have a platform right now, my voice it's a loud voice, it's a strong voice and it carries through a lot of people's ears, and for me it's important to carry this platform and use it for good reason.”
The DAV Convention is being held at Bally’s through Tuesday. More than 4,000 veterans are expected to attend.