Brief Reprieve from Iraq for Biden's Son

Beau Biden begins temp assignment

WASHINGTON -- Vice President-elect Joe Biden's son is back from Iraq, at least temporarily, to watch his father's swearing-in.

Capt. Beau Biden began a temporary assignment at the Pentagon Thursday, according to Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, a Delaware Army National Guard spokesman. Details about the assignment or how long it will last weren't immediately available.

The assignment will allow Beau Biden to use personal leave time to see the inauguration of his father and President-elect Barack Obama.

After the inauguration, Biden, on temporary leave from his job as Delaware attorney general, is scheduled to return to Iraq, where his unit, the Delaware National Guard 261st Signal Brigade is stationed.

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