November 22nd, 2010
11:30 PM ET
(CNN) - Vice President Biden and his wife were "humbled" and "flattered" Monday evening as they opened their home to a group of wounded soldiers for an early Thanksgiving dinner.
"There's no way of really thanking you all," Biden said to nine wounded soldiers as they gathered around two tables with their families at the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Biden said the country has a "truly sacred obligation" to provide wounded soldiers with the best possible care, and the Obama administration would make sure that it honored that committment.
"We are a military family," Mrs. Biden said referring to their son Beau, who has served in Iraq. She said she and the vice president knew waht it was like to have a Thanksgiving in which "someone they love is missing."
The evening began with the Bidens telling the families their children were welcome to walk around the house after the vice president declared it a "kid friendly" home that plays host to their grandchildren from time to time.
Many of the families at the dinner are staying at Fisher House, a facility for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.