FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) - Vice President Joseph Biden says sevenFort Lewis soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan lastmonth were "decent, ordinary, yet extraordinary" young men towhom the nation owes more than it can repay.
He spoke at the base Tuesday as about 500 people gathered tohonor the soldiers - the most honored in a single Fort Lewisservice since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.
Biden says the willingness to fight and die for their countrywas the value being marked at Fort Lewis and Fort Hood and onVeterans Day. He made no other references to the tragedy at FortHood, where President Obama spoke Tuesday.
With two other soldiers killed Monday, the 5th Stryker Brigadeat Fort Lewis has lost 28 since being deployed to Afghanistan inJuly.