Pence: Alaska is at the vanguard of nation's defense

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - After an hours-long weather delay, Vice President Mike Pence landed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Sunday afternoon to address Alaska's soldiers and airmen.

Pence spoke on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, highlighting the "service and sacrifice of our armed forces."

Dozens of servicemen and women sat in the audience as Pence spoke about their contribution to the nation’s military.

“You are the vanguard, on the edge of the Pacific, standing watch every day, guarding over the American people,” Pence said.

The speech, Pence’s first on JBER since February, also touched on changes made to the VA, the oft-maligned healthcare system used by veterans.

He said that 4,000 staff had been fired at veterans hospitals and that Veterans Choice was now law across the country.

Pence thanked spouses and children who support service men and women and veterans in the crowd for Veterans Day.

After his speech, he mingled with the audience shaking hands and taking selfies before continuing on with the Second Lady onto a weeklong tour of Asia and the Pacific.