Joining Forces Hits the Road

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I hope this initiative is worthy of your sacrifice...

After launching Joining Forces on Tuesday at the White House in front of senior military leaders, Cabinet Members, CEOs, heads of non-profits, and military families, the First Lady and Dr. Biden hit the road to talk about the campaign.

The first stop was Camp Lejeune, NC to thank our military and their families for their extraordinary service. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden spoke to a crowd of Marines, sailors and even some soldiers who drove in from Ft. Bragg before delivering gifts to expectant mothers.

It is always great to get out of DC and even better when you get to spend time with Marines and their families.  As the First Lady said to the crowd, their ordinary is extraordinary. From the families who help our wounded warriors heal, to the spouses who comfort others in their time of grief, their faith, courage and perseverance embody the best of America.

It was an extraordinary start to the trip, and, as a veteran, I am grateful to see this initiative in action.  I hope all Americans will Join Forces and help serve our military families.  For their service and sacrifice, kind words are not enough.  Please help make this initiative worthy of our military families.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Gen. Joseph Dunford stand during national anthem at Goettge Memorial Field House at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Gen. Joseph Dunford stand during national anthem at Goettge Memorial Field House at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to some 3,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and military family members at Goettge Memorial Field House at Camp Lejeune, N.C.,

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to some 3,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors, and military family members at Goettge Memorial Field House at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 
First Lady Michelle Obama greets Marines following her remarks to the base community at Goettge Memorial Field House at Camp Lejeune, N.C.,

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Marines following her remarks to the base community at Goettge Memorial Field House at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) April 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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