The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden

  • Strengthening America’s Families: Joining Forces & Blue Star Families

    Blue Star Families creates a platform for military families and civilian leaders to work together encouraging community-level leadership to address the challenges of military service. Through Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden -- a Blue Star mother herself -- have worked side-by-side with Blue Star Families to honor service members, veterans, and their families. This week, Blue Star Families hosted a celebration commemorating their fifth anniversary.

    In the past five years, Blue Star Families has grown its membership and its programming exponentially. It has helped 700,000 military family members experience the arts through Blue Star Museums; it has gathered more than 26 million hours of volunteer service through Operation Honor Card, and it has informed policy makers through the publication of its annual Military Family Survey.

    I was honored to attend the fifth anniversary celebration this week, and I was happy to help share this video from the First Lady with Blue Star Families:

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    United States Army Colonel Steve Parker is the Executive Director of Joining Forces. 


  • Dr. Jill Biden: “All Americans Deserve the Opportunity to Reach Their Full Potential”

    Dr. Jill Biden delivers closing remarks at DREAM 2015

    Dr. Jill Biden delivers closing remarks at DREAM 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, February 20, 2015. (Photo by Craig Huey)

    This morning, Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks at DREAM 2015 — Achieving the Dream’s Annual Institute on Student Success — to highlight the Administration’s commitment to community colleges.


  • Happy Valentine’s Day, and God Bless Our Troops

    Valentine’s Day is a day to spend with your loved ones. Earlier this week, along with a bipartisan group of Senate spouses, I had the opportunity to serve 14 wounded warriors and their families an early Valentine’s Day dinner at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

    Dr. Jill Biden Attends Valentine’s Day Dinner at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

    Dr. Jill Biden joins Master Sergeant Juliana Joseph-Tanner and husband Gary Tanner for an early Valentine’s Day dinner at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, February 10, 2015 (photo by HM3 Devin Stewart, Assistant Lead Petty Officer for Allergy and Immunization Clinic, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center).

    As a military mom, I believe it’s our sacred duty to honor the service of those who have sacrificed for our country. We owe thanks today and every day to those who wear the uniform. That is one of the reasons why First Lady Michelle Obama and I started Joining Forces in the first place.

    On Valentine’s Day, we hope all Americans can find ways to show appreciation for our service members, veterans, and their families who do so much for our country.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, and God bless our troops.

     


  • Dr. Jill Biden: “This Is the Moment for Community Colleges to Shine”

    This morning, Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks at the 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit to highlight the Administration's commitment to community colleges and their importance to America’s future. This event was hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees with the American Association of Community Colleges. 

    Roberto Zárate Introduces Dr. Jill Biden at the 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit

    Roberto Zárate, Chair-Elect ACCT Board of Directors, Alamo Colleges, Texas introduces Dr. Jill Biden at the 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit, February 11, 2015. (Photo by Keith Weller)


  • Dr. Jill Biden Wants You to Get Covered

    Dr. Jill Biden was featured in Ebony today, sharing how important it is for Americans to be prepared and get health coverage. The 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace closes on February 15 -- so if you still need coverage or know someone who does, take action today.


    “Blessed are those who persevere" is a quotation from scripture that has stayed with me since my husband Joe and I attended service at a Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., last October. We were invited that morning by the Pink Divas, an inspiring group of African American women who are dedicated to educating their community about early detection of breast cancer, and offering support to those who receive the devastating diagnosis.

    As someone who has lost several close friends to breast cancer, I was truly moved by the congregation’s support for survivors—for their mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. Their commitment to ensuring their community has access to the resources they need was inspiring, and is saving countless lives.


  • Meet Chelsey Davis, a Guest of the First Lady at the State of the Union

    Chelsey Davis is joining the First Lady as a guest at the 2015 State of the Union Address on January 20. Watch it live at 9 p.m. Eastern at WH.gov/SOTU.


    Chelsey Davis

    Earlier this month, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden travelled to Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee -- where the President Announced his plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students. 

    Chelsey Davis was in the audience. A native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Chelsey had enrolled in Pellissippi State Community College to get the best support and resources she needed to re-enter her collegiate career. She will graduate in May with plans to pursue a B.A. in Nutritional Science, but in the meantime, she is making the most of her time there.

    She tutors elementary and middle-school children in reading and math, and this summer, she'll study abroad in Segovia, Spain. 

    After graduation, Chelsey hopes to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA. As someone who personally understands how community college can change one's future, Chelsey hopes to encourage high school graduates to take full advantage of the opportunity President Obama is proposing. 


    The State of the Union 2015: Everything You Need to Know:


  • The Lincoln Awards: Stepping Up for Our Veterans & Military Families

    Nearly 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. He declared our nation’s pledge “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and for his orphan.”

    This week at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the first-ever Lincoln Awards recognized individuals and organizations for their impactful contributions to and continued support for our nation’s veterans and military families.

    The two-day celebration concluded with an all-star concert, kicked off by Dr. Jill Biden:

    As a military mom, there is nothing more special to see -- and to recognize -- than a community of people coming together for our nation’s veterans. And not just to support veterans, but to inspire others to go to their strengths, and find ways that they, too, can make a difference in the lives of these heroes.

    One thing we say in my family is that our country has one sacred obligation -- to equip those we send to war, and to care for them and their families when they return.

    First Lady Michelle Obama and I started the Joining Forces initiative to show our appreciation for those who serve -- because we want every veteran to get the care they have earned, the skills they need, and the employment opportunities they deserve.

    No, not every American wears the uniform, but every American can rally around those who have. That’s what the Lincoln Awards celebrate.

    God bless our troops. God bless those who care about them, and care for them.


  • Dr. Jill Biden and Master Sergeant Cedric King on the Meredith Vieira Show

    For the past six years, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden have invited wounded warriors and their families to dinner at the Vice President’s Residence. One of their guests this past year was Master Sergeant (MSG) Cedric King.

    In the summer of 2012, MSG King was on a mission with his platoon in Afghanistan when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in him losing two limbs and sustaining multiple other injuries. But, his story doesn’t end there. MSG King found the strength and motivation to not only recover, but to persevere after a tragic event. His resiliency is an inspiration.

    On Tuesday, Dr. Biden and MSG King appeared on the Meredith Vieira Show to discuss the efforts by Joining Forces to support those who have sacrificed so much for our country. The two also shared what MSG King’s road to recovery has been like not only for him, but for his family after he sustained life altering injuries.

    See the full video segment here

    "The thing that’s special about the military, I think, is that we’re all a family.” –Dr. Biden

     


  • The Year in Review: A Look Back at the Most Memorable Moments of 2014

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    A responsible end to the war in Afghanistan. A historic agreement to combat climate change. A strong pace of job growth that we haven't seen since the 1990s. 

    Overall, 2014 has offered some great achievements for President Obama and the American people. Join the President's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in taking a look back at this year's most memorable moments -- then share the memories with your friends and family. 

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  • The Year in Review: Our 5 Favorite Joining Forces Moments of 2014

    The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden Joining Forces 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden sit with Major General Jim McConville during the Joining Forces initiative event with service members, military spouses, and employers at the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum at Fort Campbell. April 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    We’ve had an amazing year at Joining Forces. Here are some of our favorite moments!

    In 2011, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.