Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Hunter Biden is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine. (Photo: Nick Wass, AP)
Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president, was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. "It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge," the younger Biden said in a statement released by his attorney.
"I respect the Navy's decision," Biden said. "With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward."
The Wall Street Journal first reported on Biden's cocaine test, citing "people familiar with the matter."
Biden, a lawyer, is now a managing partner in an investment firm.
Navy spokesman Ryan Perry said Biden became a reserve officer through the Direct Commission Officer program in 2012.
"In May 2013, he was assigned to the Navy Reserve unit for Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va.," Perry said. "Ens. Biden was discharged from the Navy Reserve in February 2014. Like other junior officers, the details of Ens. Biden's discharge are not releasable under the Privacy Act."