Vice President Joe Biden's Son Booted Out of Navy for Cocaine

Vice President Joe Biden's son says he is "embarrassed" after it was discovered he was discharged from the Navy Reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine.

Hunter Biden, who is 44 and practiced law before deciding to join the military after age 40, reportedly failed a drug test in 2013 and was formally discharged last February.

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Biden, who is married and has three children, released the following statement after this horrible news was revealed: "It was the honor of my life to serve in the US Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward."

I think it's commendable that a man in his 40s would forfeit what I'm guessing was a lucrative career and hefty salary working as a managing partner for an investment firm in order to serve his country. But I can't help but wonder if there's more to this story. Did he run from his high-pressure job to escape certain demons? Did he then find it impossible to rid himself of a vice like cocaine because he never conquered his real issues -- whatever they are?

Of course I'm just engaging in armchair psychology and no one honestly knows what happened here except for Biden and his family. I find it difficult to fault someone who is at least trying to better his life, and I hope this man takes advantage of the many, many resources at his disposal -- particularly given his incredible privilege -- to get the help he needs.

What are your thoughts about Hunter Biden being kicked out of the Navy Reserve for cocaine?

 

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