The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden

  • Honoring Our Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families During the Holidays

    Holiday decorations at the Naval Observatory Residence

    Holiday decorations at the Naval Observatory Residence, in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

    This holiday season, in honor of our service members, veterans, and their families, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden dedicated five trees at the Naval Observatory Residence representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Capturing their personal experiences, military families from all across the country handcrafted the ornaments that adorn the trees. Atop each tree is a gold star, embodying the spirit, bravery, and patriotism of those who serve.


  • Dr. Jill Biden Lauds Commitments to Hire Military Spouses

    Dr. Biden at Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Induction Ceremony

    Photo by Spc. Michael Mulderick at the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Induction Ceremony on December 3, 2014.

    On December 3, Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., to welcome employers who have been partners in the growth of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). MSEP is part of the Department of Defense's broader initiative to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses, and connects employers with military spouses seeking new careers. In her remarks, Biden praised those organizations who contributed to the overall success of the initiative, its increase in numbers over time, and its ongoing expansion. She also highlighted the skills of military spouses and their contributions in the workplace.

    I know military spouses are among the most skilled and dedicated members of America’s workforce, and by giving them an opportunity to succeed, you will be making your business more productive. American businesses understand it is not only the right thing to do for our country, but it is the right thing to do for their bottom lines.

    Since its initial launch in 2011, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership has posted 1.8 million jobs on the MSEP Career Portal and aided in the employment of over 65,000 military spouses. With nearly 260 businesses within this partnership, the initiative has come full force to provide employment opportunities for military spouses whose lifestyles often require portable careers.

    More information regarding MSEP can be obtained at www.msepjobs.com.


  • West Wing Week 11/28/14 or, "We Need Turkey"

    This week, the President traveled to Las Vegas and Chicago to highlight the steps he is taking to reform our broken immigration system, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and delivered a statement on the Grand Jury's decision in Ferguson, while the Vice President and Dr. Biden visited Ukraine and Turkey. That's November 21st to November 27th or, "We Need Turkey."


  • West Wing Week: 11/21/14 or, "Mingalarbar!"

    This week, the President visited Burma for the second time in his presidency, attended the G20 Summit in Australia, worked to expand access to broadband and 21st century technology in our schools, and addressed the nation about the steps he is taking to fix our broken immigration system. That's November 14th to November 20th or, "Mingalarbar!"


  • Travel Journal of the Vice President’s Trip to Morocco, Ukraine, Turkey:

    Welcome to your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s three-country, five-day visit to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey.


    November 22-23, 2014   Vice President Biden Wraps Up His Trip in Turkey

    The Vice President wrapped up his three-country trip last week with a visit to Istanbul, Turkey.


  • Dr. Jill Biden on Joining Forces: 'America Has Stepped Up' for Veterans

    Dr. Jill Biden sat down with Lylah Alphonse of U.S. News & World Report to talk about our Joining Forces initiative and what businesses and communities can do to support those who have courageously served our nation. This interview originally appeared in U.S. News & World Report. You can find the original post here


    Though the unemployment rate in the U.S. continues to fall, the country is still coping with a skills gap, especially in certain science- and technology-intensive fields like IT and health care. Veterans could fill the gap -- if only employers were more aware of the skills these men and women gained while in military service.

    "Not every hiring manager is going to know that a chief petty officer has been responsible for the lives of dozens of their peers," First Lady Michelle Obama said during the Women Veterans Career Development Forum in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday. "Not every HR director understands that a gunner’s mate is probably trained to do some of the most complex, high-tech analysis that you'll find anywhere."

    To help bridge that gap, and to encourage citizens to support veterans and military families, the First Lady and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched Joining Forces in 2011.


  • Kicking Off Military Family Month

    Throughout our history, members of our military have put their lives on the line to defend our country and preserve our security. While this requires a tremendous personal sacrifice, it is also important to recognize the unyielding love and support that their families provide every step of the way to make this sacrifice possible. As a proud military mom myself, I know that when you have a family member who is in the military, the whole family serves too.

    Last week, I visited the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where I had the opportunity to see firsthand how state-of-the art rehabilitation equipment like the FlowRider and zero-gravity treadmills are being incorporated into an innovative rehabilitation process for our wounded soldiers — it is truly remarkable. I also met with service members and military spouses stationed in San Antonio to discuss the challenges that are an inherent part of military life, such as constant relocation and missing family milestones due to deployments.

    We have asked a lot of service members and their families over the past decade. They have sacrificed so much on behalf of our country. I am proud to be part of an Administration that has supported our troops, veterans, and their families in historic ways. In April, First Lady Michelle Obama and I announced the unveiling of the Veterans Employment Center, an innovative tool to help veterans and spouses find career opportunities. As of this summer, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Military Children’s Interstate Compact, which eases some of the burdens of transitions for military connected kids. And today, in honor of their service, President Obama signed a proclamation to establish November 2014 as Military Family Month.


  • Dr. Biden Highlights Strength and Service of America’s Military, Veterans and Their Families

    This week, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to San Antonio, Texas to highlight the strength of America’s service members, veterans, and their families. On Wednesday morning, Dr. Biden delivered remarks at Women in the World Texas:

    As Second Lady, during my travels across the country and around the world, I have had the honor of meeting remarkable people who lift us up…

    What I have learned along the way, is that no matter how difficult the situation, there are exceptional individuals who step up to the challenge; who go above and beyond to make an even bigger difference in their community. I see that type of extraordinary commitment in our service members, veterans, and their families, and I am always inspired by their strength, resilience, and pride.

    Afterwards, Dr. Biden visited the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), which provides innovative rehabilitation for our wounded warriors.

    Dr. Jill Biden visits with Army 1st Lt. Kelly Elmlinger

    Dr. Jill Biden visits with Army 1st Lt. Kelly Elmlinger, from Brooke Army Medical Center’s Warrior Transition Battalion, at the Center for the Intrepid, Oct. 22, 2014. Elmlinger dominated at the Invictus Games for warrior-athletes in London, competing in track, field, cycling, swimming, wheelchair racing and cycling. U.S. Army photo by Robert Shields.

    Dr. Biden’s latest visit to BAMC was inspired by her trip last month to London for the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded service members.

     


  • West Wing Week: 09/19/14 or, "You Guys Aren't Usually This Quiet, Are You?"

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    This week, the President celebrated the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, awarded the Medal of Honor to two American heroes, detailed U.S. efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa at the CDC in Atlanta, spoke to the troops at MacDill Air Force Base about our strategy against ISIL, before returning to meet with the Ukrainian President. That's September 12 to 19 or, "You guys aren't usually this quiet, are you?" 

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  • Dr. Jill Biden Cheers on Team USA at the Invictus Games in London

    Leading a Presidential Delegation, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to London this weekend to join athletes representing the United States at the Invictus Games -- an international sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. "These games really show the spirit of the military and how they persevere and their resilience," Dr. Biden said.

    Watch as Dr. Biden cheers on these amazing athletes:

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    This trip is part of Dr. Biden’s ongoing efforts through the Joining Forces initiative to raise awareness and show appreciation for veterans, service members, and their families.