Friday, May 10, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted 170 military mothers and children, as well as Great Britain's Prince Harry, at the White House Thursday.
Friday, May 10
By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted 170 military mothers and children at the White House Thursday for a formal Mother’s Day tea. The event was part of the Joining Forces campaign, which provides support and opportunities for military families. It brought military moms, their mothers and kids from around the country to the White House, Obama said. The guest list also included Lilibet Hagel, wife of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Patty Shinseki, wife of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki;the first lady’smother, Marian Robinson; and the military spouses of the year from each of the services, the National Guard and the Coast…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The plan aims to put thousands of veterans to work in the information technology industry.
By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -- On April 29, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military. Obama, who made the announcement at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing at the White House, said a public-private partnership will offer the certification program. “This new partnership will provide up to 161,000 service members with the chance to gain the certifications they need for 12 different high-demand, high-paying technology careers … from IT security analysts to computer programmers to quality …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Some 290,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired since the inception of the “Joining Forces” initiative two years ago.
Wednesday, May 1
By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -- Some 290,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired since the inception of the “Joining Forces” initiative two years ago, nearly tripling the initial goal, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Tuesday. Numerous businesses also have vowed to hire or train an additional 435,000 people during the next five years, she added during a White House briefing. The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, established Joining Forces in June 2011 to mobilize support from every sector of American society to help service members, their families and veterans. “[Michelle and Jill] identify so deeply with these military families because they understand the …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bearing a large Easter basket brimming with cookies, First Lady Michelle Obama visited seven families of recuperating service members at Fisher House No. 4 at Walter Reed.
Wednesday, March 20
By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service BETHESDA, Md. -- Bearing a large Easter basket brimming with cookies, First Lady Michelle Obama visited seven families of recuperating service members at Fisher House No. 4 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Wednesday. As part of her Joining Forces initiative -- a national movement for all sectors of society to support and honor America's service members and their families that’s co-sponsored by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden -- today was the first lady’s second Easter celebration at one of Walter Reed’s Fisher Houses. She spent time with each family at tables decorated in the children’s Easter art. Bo, the first family’s dog, was at her side, bringing squeals…
Monday, January 21, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, have vowed to continue leading the Joining Forces initiative, a program to rally public support for military families.
Monday, January 21
By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -- Lauding Americans’ increased outpouring to service members, their families and veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, have vowed to continue leading the Joining Forces initiative during the next four years with a goal of creating a national culture of appreciation and support. The mission of Joining Forces is “to rally this nation to support our military families to make sure that we are supporting them – our troops and our veterans – as well as they have supported us,” Obama said during an exclusive interview with Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Josh Hauser, a Pentagon Channel correspondent. “Our belief is that everyone can do something…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Michelle Obama talks about military families' sacrifices, contributions
Friday, November 30, 2012
Army News Service WASHINGTON -- The children of military families sat patiently in the front row of seats set up in the East Room of the White House Wednesday to listen to remarks by Michelle Obama. "Our military families truly represent the very best that this country has to offer, and I've seen it up close," Mrs. Obama said. "You all do so much for this country, and you do it with such amazing poise and grace." Behind the children, the East Room was filled with military families. The first lady commented on the sacrifice of military families, their contributions to the community and the contributions to the nation's defense. She also highlighted the sacrifices of their young children who may have to move many times around the country and…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launched the initiative last year with a goal of having businesses hire 100,000 veterans by 2013.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that Joining Forces, the initiative she and Jill Biden started in 2011, has marked 125,000 hires of veterans and spouses. The original goal was for businesses to hire 100,000 veterans and spouses by the end of 2013, according to the Joining Forces blog. Obama spoke to service members at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville and told them 2,000 companies have hired veterans because of the technical and human skills members of the military have to offer. “Make no mistake about it, you all have the talent, you’ve got the training and the experience to lead America’s economic comeback, and America’s businesses understand that,” she said. “And that's why they’ve stepped up so readily to answer this…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as the state became the 23rd to facilitate the transfer of military spouses' professional licenses.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
By Lisa Daniel and Amaani Lyle American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Continuing her efforts to ease employment challenges from duty-related moves, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago today as the state became the 23rd to facilitate the transfer of military spouses’ professional licenses. Obama joined Quinn at the Illinois National Guard Armory, where the governor signed the “Military Family Licensing Act” into law. Military spouses are the “folks who are giving their heart and soul to this country every single day,” Obama said. “Every time our country asks them to pick up their families and move across the country at a moment's notice, they do it and they do it with pride.” The first lady also reminded …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
ABC News recently reported that First Lady Michelle Obama "finally" has a Pinterest account. So how many people even know what a Pinterest account is?
ABC News recently reported that First Lady Michelle Obama is finally on Pinterest. You do know what that is right? Well if not, you’re probably not alone. According to Ebizmba.com, in a list of the top 15 social media sites, Pinterest doesn’t appear in the first five, 10 or even 15. Orknut 350 at No. 9 and Badoo 952 at No. 15 outranks Pinterest. But maybe that will change now. Although ABC News is reporting that the First Lady’s account is still a fledgling one with only 15 pins and 1,388 followers, it is likely to pick up as the news gets out. President Obama also has a Pinterest account as does Ann Romney. Her husband, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, however, does not -- not yet anyway. Although it still isn't as well known as …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
'Joining Forces' encourages businesses to hire military spouses.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Military spouses need only the focused attention of employers to improve hiring for the benefit of both sides, a military family advocate who works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday. “This is all about finding those spouses and helping those spouses find you,” Laura Dempsey, an Army wife and director of the Chamber’s spouse employment programs, told dozens of business representatives who gathered here for two days of meetings as part of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched the program last summer as part of her “Joining Forces” campaign with First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady spoke about the …