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Hillary Intimate, Emotional at Gathering of Military Families

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 10:09 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to let down her guard at an event with military families in New York Thursday where she was being honored for her service to the group.

According to Politico, Clinton was notably personal during remarks to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a support group for the families of those who have died in service.

"It's … for me, emotional, as we celebrate the birth of our granddaughter, and as I look out and see all of you who are" changed by the loss of a relative in the military, Clinton said, according to Politico.

The group has "connected these grieving families with each other, and I've heard stories about how much that has meant — to have someone sitting with you, holding your hand, their arm around your shoulders, listening to your story, telling you their story. This kind of community of support and shared experience has really made all the difference in the lives of so many," she said.

Clinton also empathized with the losses those in the group had experienced.

"There's really no words that can ever be adequate to the loss that has been suffered," Clinton said. "But having people just be there for you is really often what makes a difference between being able to get out of bed or not, being able to go on or not."

Clinton, a former honorary chairwoman of the group, also talked about work she had done in the Senate to increase resources to veterans and their families, following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There was something special about working with TAPS, because you were speaking for the people who we were trying to help," she said. "We fought, we cajoled, and eventually we saw that $12,000 become $100,000."

On several occasions she warmly embraced attendees and listened to their personal stories of tragedy and loss. She also spent time at the end of the event posing for photos.

The appearance contrasted with signing along her book tour and an appearance last month in Iowa where she was largely cordoned off from the public. 

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to let down her guard at an event with military families in New York Thursday where she was being honored for her service to the group.
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