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Vice President Biden Visits Troops In San Diego

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The Vice President pays a visit to San Diego, promising money will be spent to improve the quality of life for local military personnel.

With the USS Ronald Reagan preparing for deployment next month, the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Thursday hosted a very special guest. Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to boost morale and thank the sailors for their service.

During his visit to the USS Reagan, the Vice President praised sailors and their families for the sacrifices they make. He says the Obama administration is dedicated to delivering the best training, health care, education and quality of life to service personnel.

Air Force Two, carrying the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and the nation's Second Lady, his wife, Jill, arrived at North Island Naval Air Station about an hour late.

The 67-year-old waved to the media as his entourage motorcaded to the USS Ronald Reagan, which is set for deployment next month.

During his 15 minute address, the nation's second Commander in Chief told sailors the new economic stimulus package will improve their lives. He also says service personnel should take pride in what they do for our nation, which is waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Biden, who has a son serving in Iraq, also paid tribute to the thousands who have died or been wounded in recent conflicts.

Following his remarks, the Vice President and Mrs. Biden had lunch surrounded by dozens of sailors. That's when the carrier's cooking crew presented the couple with chef's uniforms. But, Biden told them his culinary skills are limited to boiling water.

The Vice President also announced the temporary expansion of a Military Homeowners Assistance Program using $555 million in federal stimulus money.

It will help military families who are forced to sell their homes at a loss as a result of being relocated.

The Vice President and his wife attended a Democratic Party fundraising dinner in Point Loma Thursday night.

Friday, Biden is schedule to speak about the Economic Recovery Act in Los Angeles.

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