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Report: Joe Biden's son Hunter discharged from Navy Reserve after failing drug test

Hunter Biden, the 44-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden, was reportedly discharged from the Navy Reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine.

Mr. [Hunter] Biden was commissioned as an ensign on May 7, 2013, and assigned to Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va., a reserve unit, according to the Navy. In June 2013, after reporting to his unit in Norfolk, he was given a drug test, which turned up positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the situation. Mr. Biden was discharged in February, the Navy said.

Mr. Biden said in a statement that 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. I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward." [The Wall Street Journal]

Hunter Biden joined the Navy Reserve at age 42, as part of a direct-commission program that enables "the Navy to tap civilians with needed skills," The Journal says. He also received two waivers, the paper says: one for his age, and another "because of a drug-related incident when he was a young man, according to people familiar with the matter. Military officials say such drug waivers aren't uncommon."

Vice President Biden's other son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, has also served in the Delaware National Guard, including a deployment to Iraq that lasted for a year, during 2008 and 2009.