The spouses of the President and Vice-President of the United States continue to show their support for our troops, and their families, through the “Joining Forces” initiative. The program has taken them to various places and given them the opportunity to spend time with, and extend gratitude, to service members and their families.
A feature on the Navy Times shared that First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were in New Hampshire on Sunday, to attend the Joining Forces Cookout for the National Guard Reserve and Active Duty members and their families. Dr. Jill Biden’s son, Beau, is a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard.
The First Lady expressed gratitude towards the service members and their families: “Thank you for your service; thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for everything you have done for our country.”
Mrs. Biden announced the “Joining Forces Community Challenge,” and called on those who were present during the event to nominate any group or individual who is making a difference in the lives of military families, so that they can be duly recognized.
Mrs. Biden said: “We’ve seen some incredible examples of Americans helping out with child care for military families, lending a hand with accounting during tax season and hosting baby showers for expectant military moms, and we want to formally applaud these efforts.”
The Cookout was held at Concord, and both ladies kept their comments during the event brief, as they spent most of the hour-and-a-half of their stay in the event going from table to table, mingling with soldiers and their families.