msnbc | November 12, 2012
>>> welcome back, everybody. and today, hopefully you know, is a national holiday honoring veterans, veterans day . we have a special guest, beau biden , delaware's attorney general, the son of the vice president, and, i think it's safe to say, beau, a rising star in the democratic party . it's good to have you here.
>> great to be on, thomas .
>> first, we want to say thanks for your military service . i know that you were also involved with what took place post-sandy, because you were called up by the national guard to help. so tell us what you had to do after sandy hit.
>> look, my job was easy. i was at our state headquarters in what they call in and out of the joint operation center at our headquarters. people there are doing the real work. we're there 24/7. i was just caught up briefly for two days. and, you know, the real work is being done by all those soldiers that are there. we've actually sent up a number of soldiers to the state of new york , who are still there, from my understanding, who have been deployed up there. and i was not part of that. and there are people up there doing good work, as we speak.
>> for you, though, and as people see part of the reserve, you know, active in politics, you know, someone who has served, what is your message, though, to americans who are war weary and maybe not sure how to give back to the veteran community.
>> well, there's a number of ways. i mean, businesses can give back by partnering with michelle obama and my mom through joining forces, which is committed in a private/public partnerships to make sure returning veterans, the 2.3 million of us who have returned in iraq and afghanistan have jobs when we return home. the first lady is well on the way to help creating with the private sector , hundreds of thousands of jobs. small businesses can take advantage of the tax credit that the president put through, that provides up to a $10,000 tax credit to higher veterans. you know, there's other ways people can contribute. a whole host of ways. joining forces, is one that comes to mind the most. you know, 2.3 million have served over the last decade in these two wars in iraq and afghanistan , representing less than 1% of our population. nearly a million of those 2.3 have served multiple tours. i just applaud you and your platform for thanking veterans. today is really a celebration of veterans. and, so, i applaud you for highlighting that so much.
>> beau, you know, it came across, i was following on twitter to find out that your brother, hunter, has joined the navy reserves. and at 42, explain to all of us, he had to get a special waiver to do this. what was the incentive, what was the desire for your brother to do that?
>> my brother's my best friend. he's always had the desire to serve in a variety of capacities. this was a young man who when he graduated georgetown, joined the jesuit volunteer corps and went and volunteered and met his wife. he's the chairman of the world food program usa. he's always been driven by a desire to serve. it's something that has been part of, you know, what we've been raised to do, and when you have an opportunity to try to find a way to give back, and he's always, you know, been pressed by being in the military. my grandfather, on my mother's side, was in the navy. so he found a time and place where he could contribute, and decided to direct that desire inside of him toward joining the navy reserve . i'm very, very, very proud of him.
>> no, it was really great. i'm a guy. i just turned 40. your brother is a good example that the 40s are the new 20s.
>> that's exactly right.
>> 42. make it happen.
>> and the reality, thomas , is you're exactly right. and the reality, too, you've covered these wars. there are a lot of folks our age who have served multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan , and so it's -- this is not uncommon.
>> delaware attorney general beau biden . beau, great to see you.
>> thanks, thomas .