MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) — The annual Veterans’ Day parade in Media (Delaware County) was a little different this time around, with vice president Joe Biden in attendance.

Security kept the crowd in front of the courthouse down a bit.  Some 300 listened as Biden hailed those who served their country, particularly the two-million-plus young people who stepped up after America was attacked a decade ago.

“This is not Generation X,” he said.  “This is Generation Excellent.  These are the finest group of warriors that the world has ever seen, without exception.”

Biden noted that they had to “fight through hell” in Iraq and Afghanistan, only to “fight like hell” to find a job once they got home.  And that, the vice president said, has to change.

Private industry has pledged some 100,000 jobs to veterans, and Biden heralded the US Senate’s action in approving a veterans’ jobs bill.  He demanded the House do likewise.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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