First Lady to Launch National Military Family Initiative

To ensure military families have the support they’ve earned: that’s the goal of a new initiative being launched Tuesday by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.  They hope to spark action among citizens, organizations and businesses to help fill the needs of military families.

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to Marines and their families at Camp Pendleton in California. June 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

The duo will “kick-off” their initiative at the White House with a Tuesday event and then hit the road to highlight programs that are already helping military families.

Their itinerary includes a visit Wednesday morning to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will speak to 3,000 Marines, soldier, sailors and military family members. They’ll also attend a baby shower for 40 pregnant women with military husbands hosted by Operation Shower, a non-profit organization that throws unit-wide baby showers for expecting military families.

San Antonio, Texas is their next stop on Wednesday to visit privately with wounded warriors and their families and then stop at the Warrior and Family Support Center which was built with private funds and is operated by volunteers to help the families of wounded warriors.

In Denver, they will attend a special Military Family Event planned by the Colorado Rockies and Coors Field. And on Thursday, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will attend an employment event in Columbus, Ohio to highlight commitments by large businesses to help military spouses keep their jobs when the family has to transfer. The Columbus visit will culminate with a concert featuring the Muppets and singer Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers for National Guard families.

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