It is a solemn privilege of the many of us in the Department to meet with
U.S. forces and families who have experienced injury or death in the defense
of our country.
During visits with wounded forces and their families at
Walter Reed Army Hospital or at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, I have
drawn inspiration from the dignity and resolve of these wonderful young
Americans and their loved ones.
Over the past years, my wife, Joyce, and I have met with several hundred
wounded troops and their families during visits to intensive care units,
therapy facilities, and their rooms in military hospitals in the United
States and abroad.
During visits to military installations, I have met with
still others during their visits to the Pentagon. Joyce and I also have met
together and individually with spouses and children of those killed in