Kim Delaney speaks before former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates receives the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The actress appeared slightly disheveled as she attempted to read prepared remarks off a teleprompter, video from an ABC affiliate shows. Delaney said, “I've seen soldiers come home with painful life-altering injuries borne of their time and service,” and “I’ve attended numerous military funerals, including that of my best friend's son.”

She then told the audience, who appeared a little confused, that she was just pretending as her military wife character, Claudia Joy Holden.

“It’s all make believe. I do that as a job. It’s make believe,” she said . “I have the luxury to do all of this on a television show.”

Shortly after, a woman with a headset escorted her off the stage.

Delaney’s rep has not yet commented on the appearance, which can be viewed below.