White House “Joining Forces” for Milfams

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The White House today held an event formally announcing the Joining Forces program, the umbrella title for the family policy push that we wrote about yesterday and earlier this year.

“This is about the responsibility that we each have to one another as Americans,” First Lady Michelle Obama said at the event. “Working together we’re going to make sure that our military families are never forgotten.”

Calling the initiative “one of my defining missions as First Lady,” Mrs. Obama outlined a plan to rollout military programs within federal agencies, partner with state and local governments, use celebrities and Hollywood to raise awareness of military family issues through public service announcements, step-up spouse education, assist with military family mental wellness and partner with businesses to assist spouses and veterans with finding and keeping work.

Those partnerships, she said, are only a slice of the push. The rest focuses on engaging everyday Americans with reaching out and helping military families in their communities, just like we’ve said needs to be done.

“If you ask any military family they will tell you sometimes its the smallest things, these simple gestures, that say thank you,” she said. “This is about joining forces as Americans and we can do it right where we live or work.”

The White House has rolled-out a new website to assist with this push. JoiningForces.gov aims to link civilians with ways to serve military families. You can also follow updates on Twitter via @joiningforces.

This evening we’ll be attending a blogger’s roundtable with Mrs. Biden. We hope to have more details on spouse education and employment initiatives after that!

You can learn more about military spouse education programs here.

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Amy Bushatz
Amy is the editor in chief of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on CNN.com, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.
  • Michael

    Why is she looking at her with disgust? If looks could kill?

    • RJT

      She always looks like that.

    • marine wifey

      cause inside she is really thinking… Will this take away from my vacations. Will we really have to step up and help these pitiful pieces of poo….. what a loser the Obamas are

      • militarymom

        You are correct! These two broads are all about using military spouses as a photo op. The same goes for their husbands.

  • A few problems with this plan. Firstly, the First Lady has to get her douchebag husband to get onboard with the program. Second, she needs to wipe that look off her face. Its like she is saying “this is such a waste of money. I could take a vacation to the mediteranean instead.”

  • tired

    I would like to point out that in my experience, most of the real people of America have been doing these ‘small things’ for military families in the community for the lengh of these wars. It did not take anything more than knowing right from wrong to motivate good people to do the right thing.

    I also want to point out that so far, there is nothing new here. NOTHING NEW. Other than some undefined partnerships between large companies and the government, to do undefined things. This website looks like a redesign of the old america supports you dot gov site.

    I fear the kind of government this administration advocates for, so I am very wary of an Obama telling anyone to do anything for me and mine without telling me the price up front.

    • Marinewifey

      could not have said it better myself.. Everytime my husband deploys these “little things” the people do are what mean the most… Thanks for the support to our Men & women abroad…

  • Lindsay

    You negative posters need to check your animosity at the door. Just because someone has a serious look on their face, doesn’t mean it’s a look of disgust. This is a serious issue…one that warrants a sober and serious look. It would be inappropriate for any other expression to be shown. This program is a start in the right direction. It’s more than any of the other First Ladies or Presidents have done. We NEED to get the word out about our troops and our veterans. Too many of them are suffering mentally, physically, emotionally, financially. I applaud Mrs. Obama’s efforts to recognize and do something to assist in this worthy endeavor. THANK YOU PRESIDENT & MRS. OBAMA…Thank you on behalf of my sons…one who is a US Army vet, and one that is currently serving as a US Marine. Thank you :)

    • Katie

      this needed to be important before the almost “government shutdown” where the obama’s WEREN’T going to pay the military at all! my fiancee is getting deployed to afghanistan in a couple months, and we were stressing about the bills we have to pay ON TOP of him leaving.. i dont think the “first lady” deserves applauds at all, more like a stern yelling saying “FINALLY YOU PRETEND TO GIVE A SHIT”
      i cant wait until next elections, HELLO PAULIN!

    • Becca

      She totally does have the serious face going on!!! Until I see it, I can’t help but think this “military family support” is all politics because of elections. And so far I feel a little shaky about Obama’s leadership. I mean, my hubby is out there in the middle east amongst some Afghans and nearly getting snubbed on his paycheck for it. A paycheck thats like a fraction of what all of those politcians make who sit at a desk and hand a bunch of money out for what doesn’t seem to be fixing anything. Really?! I’m thinking, uhhh… hellllllllllo? Say something! Those are your troops and you’re supposed to be their leader!….. Maybe my whole thought process is wrong, but it kind of makes me think they don’t give a SQUAT about my husband and I…. It’s just my perspective.

  • lori robinson

    What about the family of a soldier that is white house staff they have of yet to contact us and there is only two staff members in the reserves or guard with one being deployed for 416 days and not one response from the first family, do you really think they me what they say?????????i don’t and I’m living proof wife of a white house staff deployed member

  • textbookleftovers

    I want to know how easily accesible these new programs will be. There are a lot of different things that are available to us (particularly on posts) but nobody ever seems to know about them!

  • guest

    this is all about image and not substance

  • Rebecca

    there needs to be more support for spouses of injured soldiers. I have been without work for 2yrs now, and trying to get work in today’s economy with no college degree is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack. I now am taking care of my injured husband and my mother, and have absolutely no help. We’ve almost lost our home 3 times now, thankfully I know how to dance with the banks.