Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter at a Duke and Georgetown basketball game in Washington. AP/Nick Wass

Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, The Guardian reports.

Sources said Biden’s failed drug test took place in June 2013. Hunter Biden confirmed his discharge in a statement and expressed embarrassment and regret for his behavior.

The paper explains:

Navy spokesman Commander Ryan Perry confirmed that Biden was discharged from the navy reserve in February 2014 but said privacy laws prevented him from releasing any details.

Perry said Biden was selected for a direct commission in the navy reserve as a part-time ensign in 2012 and was assigned to a public affairs unit in Norfolk, Virginia, in May 2013.

Biden, 44, a partner at an investment firm, said he regretted what had happened. “It was the honour of my life to serve in the US navy and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge,” Biden said in a statement provided by his lawyer.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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