Pence: ‘Not all the wounds from war are visible’

Greg Nash

Vice President Mike Pence said during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday that “not all the wounds from war are visible.”

“It is heartbreaking today to think that one in five service members has PTSD,” he said.

“God bless you, it’s a great, great honor to be with you,” Pence told assembled military veterans. “I hope all of you today in the hospitality you see just one more token of the gratitude of all the American people.”

“This is a day we remember those who served and did not come home. To be able to welcome you here on this most hallowed of days is profoundly humbling to [my wife] Karen and I.”

{mosads}Pence was addressing the 10th annual Project Hero Memorial Day bike ride, an event that this year begins at his residence in Washington.

Pence’s office said in a statement that about 200 veterans attended his remarks alongside Veterans Affairs Secretary David Skulkin.

Karen Pence prayed on behalf of the “amazing people” traveling to Virginia Beach, Va. during Project Hero’s annual trek.

“We pray that you’ll give them safe travel to Virginia,” she said. “We pray that they will feel the support of the American people along the entire way.”

Project Hero is a national nonprofit founded in 2008 that supports physical and mental rehabilitation programs for injured veterans and first responders.

“[Project Hero] is dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives and increasing awareness to combat the national mental health emergency posed by PTSD and TBI,” the group’s website says.

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