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Biden hosts early Thanksgiving for hospitalized troops

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted their fourth “Early Thanksgiving For Wounded Warriors” event today, welcoming servicemen and women and their loved ones to their home at the Naval Observatory.

“Jill and I want to welcome you to the vice president’s home. This is your home,” Biden said in brief remarks as the 26 guests sat at two large tables in the residence’s dining room, according to the pool report.

According to the vice president’s office, the wounded warriors are all being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and were chosen “because they have indicated they will likely not be able to leave the D.C. area to be with family for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

On the menu, according to the vice president’s office, were buttermilk-brined roast turkey with lemon-parsley gravy, country bread dressing, parmesan mashed potatoes, graham cracker sweet potation gratin, roasted vegetable macaroni and cheese, snap beans with caramelized shallots and roasted mushrooms, fall harvest salad, and apple-pecan cranberry relish.

Offered for dessert were maple-ginger pumpkin pie, old-fashioned lattice apple pie, and Thanksgiving pecan pie.