Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says the National Guard deserves a stronger voice within the Defense Department.
Addressing the annual conference of the National Guard Association of the United States, Biden noted that more than half of the veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are guardsmen and reservists.
With citizen soldiers carrying such a burden in the war on terror, Biden says the Guard deserves a seat with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Biden's eldest son, who's also the Delaware attorney general, is a captain in a National Guard unit that reports for training next month before being deployed to Iraq.
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