Dr. Jill Biden visits wounded Marines and their families at the Warrior Hope and Care Center, at Camp Pendleton, California, January 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) A loved one's absence is always difficult, but when you're part of a military family, the holidays can bring a special kind of stress.
"I know what it was like during the holidays, when I looked down our Christmas table and I saw that my son was not sitting there because he was in Iraq," Dr. Jill Biden told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. Vice President Joe Biden's and her son, Beau, was deployed with the Army National Guard for a year in 2008; their son Hunter joined the Navy Reserves in November.
Dr. Biden's experience as a military mom drives her work with Joining Forces, the national initiative she launched with First Lady Michelle Obama to urge Americans to support servicemen, servicewomen, veterans, and their families. She describes how her own military family coped during the holidays in an essay for This I Believe, a non-profit organization that asks people from all walks of life to share essays about their coreRead More »from Dr. Jill Biden on Being a Military Mom During the Holidays