Raising the Bar: The One Year Anniversary of Joining Forces

Over the past 12 months First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have encouraged an entire nation to commit to honoring and serving military families as they have served us. As Dr. Biden has said: “while troops serving our nation may be only 1 percent of the population, we want to make sure that 100 percent of Americans are supporting them.”

While the primary focus of the first year has been to increase employment opportunities and to promote improved care for service members, veterans, and their families, we've also had a lot of fun meeting with the families of our brave troops and been inspired by the courage and sacrifice of so many proud Americans.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Joining Forces, we've put together a slideshow that chronicles the journey -- check it out: 

  • Joining Forces Launch

    The First Lady speaks during the launch of Joining Forces in the East Room, April 12, 2010.

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  • Joining Forces Sesame Street

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden participate in a taping on the set of "Sesame Street" in Astoria, N.Y., April 18, 2011

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  • Joining Forces Panel At The Writer's Guild Of America

    The First Lady participates in a panel discussion at the Writer's Guild of America in Los Angeles, Calif.

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama Huddles With Military Family Children

    The First Lady huddles with military family children at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., July 5, 2011.

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama Visits The Naval Air Station Oceana Summer Camp

    The First Lady visits the Naval Air Station Oceana Summer Camp in Virginia Beach, Va., July 21, 2011.

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  • Joining Forces Extreme Makeover

    The First Lady reacts as the Jubilee House is revealed in Fayetteville, N.C., July 21, 2011.

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  • Joining Forces Military Family Cookout

    The First Lady talks with a girl during a Military Family Cookout at the New Hampshire National Guard headquarters in Concord, N.H., July 2

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama And Dr. Jill Biden Paint A Wall

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden paint a wall in the home of Sgt. Johnny Agbi, Jr., left, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2011.

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  • Lunch With Active Duty And Retired Military Personnel

    The President and First Lady have lunch with active duty and retired military personnel at a restaurant in Hampton, Va., Oct. 19, 2011.

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  • Joining Forces World Series

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden attend Game 1 of the World Series with Marine Lance Cpl. James Sperry and his daughter in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 19, 2011.

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  • Joining Forces U.S. Chamber Of Commerce

    The First Lady delivers remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event in Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 2011.

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  • joining Forces NASCAR

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden watch a NASCAR race with military families at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Nov. 20, 2011.

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  • President Barack Obama Signs The Veterans Opportunity To Work To Hire Heroes Act of 2011

    The President signs the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 in the South Court Auditorium, Nov. 21, 2011.

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  • White House Christmas Tree

    The First Lady walks with children past the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room, Nov. 30, 2011.

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  • First Lady Introduces President Barack Obama

    The First Lady introduces President Barack Obama at Pope Army Airfield in Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 14, 2011.

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  • President Obama And First Lady Greet Troops

    The President and First Lady greet troops at Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 14, 2011.

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  • First Lady Shakes Hands With Medical Personnel

    The First Lady shakes hands with veterans and medical personnel at Virginia Commonwealth University AAMC-Medical Center in Richmond, Jan. 11, 2012.

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama Joines The iCarly Cast

    The First Lady attends an iCarly screening at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va., Jan. 13, 2012.

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  • Dr. Jill Biden Greets Wounded Warriors

    Dr. Biden greets wounded warriors and their families at the Wounded Warrior Hope and Care Center at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 20, 2012.

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama At Little Rock Air Force Base

    The First Lady visits the dining facility at Little Rock Air Force Base in Little Rock, Ark., Feb. 9, 2012.

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  • Defending The Blue Line Youths

    The First Lady walks with participants in the Defending the Blue Line program in Minneapolis, Minn., March 16, 2012.

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  • Department Of Defense Dinner In The East Room

    The First Lady is photographed with a guest during the Department of Defense dinner in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 29, 2012.

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  • Best Practices To Support Military Spouses

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden stand for the national anthem at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Feb. 15, 2012.

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  • Joining Forces Marine Corps Flag

    A message written by First Lady is seen on a U.S. Marine Corps flag at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 4, 2012.

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