First Lady Michelle Obama is not taking a break from drumming up support for military families, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative. If anything, she is going stronger than ever in her drive to help military families.
Mrs. Obama was generous with words of praise for military families, as she made a stop in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of the anniversary celebration. She visited Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where she met with hundreds of school girls whose parents are serving in the military. The lucky young women received gift cards that they can use for their respective proms.
In addressing those in attendance, the first lady acknowledged the sacrifices that military families offer as their loved ones serve their country.
She also made a guest appearance in the Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report,” hosted by Stephen Colbert – still part of the celebration of the first anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative.
The first lady shared: “We have seen people hiring our veterans and finding wonderful flexible opportunities for spouses because employment is a key issue for these families.” She talked about how unemployment for returning Veterans is above national average, although there have been significant decrease recently.
Mrs. Obama went on to say: “But until we get it [veteran unemployment] to zero, we still have a lot of work to do. … These people are bringing in skills that actually improve the bottom line of companies because these are some of the most highly trained, highly skilled, disciplined people that we have in our society, the best this country has to offer. So we all need to do our part.”