The White House Blog: Dr. Jill Biden
- Posted byon April 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM EDT
Joining Forces is a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society – get involved at JoiningForces.gov.
Join First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in Columbus, Ohio on the final stop of their national Joining Forces tour to support America's military families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, along with the USO and Sesame Street, will host a special community event to honor National Guard members and their families, with performances by Nick Jonas and Sesame Street. The event will also recognize local organizations doing great work in their communities to support military families.
- Posted byon April 14, 2011 at 2:04 PM EDT
The First Lady and Dr. Biden ended day 1 of their national tour to promote Joining Forces, an initiative encouraging all sectors of society to act in support of our military families, in my hometown last night - Denver, CO. They were there to join forces with the Colorado Rockies and Coors Field to support and honor Colorado's strong military family community.
Families from across the state's military installations were invited to take over Coors Field for a night, a dream for someone like me who spent her summers in the stands watching the Rockies play. Kids were running the bases, playing catch in the outfield, munching on hotdogs and peanuts.
As the First Lady told the crowd last night, Coors Field and the Rockies stepped up to create a special evening just for these families because its our duty, and our honor. I couldn't be more proud of my home team, or my hometown.
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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.
- Posted byon April 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM EDT
Yesterday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden spent time with family members of wounded warriors at the Warrior & Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas. As part of their nation-wide Joining Forces kickoff tour, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden spent the morning with Marines and their families, and then traveled to Texas to visit with wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Later in the afternoon, they toured the Warrior & Family Support Center, a facility that gives families of injured service members a sense of comfort and home while their loved ones heal and rehabilitate. The Warrior & Family Support Center was started by members of the San Antonio community who wanted to express their gratitude for the military in their community. As the First Lady said during the visit, "And the thing that is amazing and one of the reasons why we wanted to come to this facility is because...all of this that you see around is donated by the community -- 100 percent of every salary of every brick of every piece of wood, of every bit of food. This is all done by the community."
- Posted byon April 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM EDT
During their visit to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden stopped by a special Operation Shower event for soon-to-be moms whose husbands are serving. The non-profit organization provides unit-wide baby showers for military families to help ease the burden of deployment.
The First Lady and Dr. Biden brought White House onesies and an assortment of gifts collected through an Operation Shower gift drive held at the White House. Mrs. Obama explained that Operation Shower is one example of how communities can come together to support military families, and truly what Joining Forces is all about:
It’s asking every sector of this society to step up and support you all, because you all are serving in your own way. And the children that will be born will be serving, too. They’re serving right now this country, because if they’re born healthy and happy, their dads who are deployed are going to be able to focus on their mission and do a better job, because they know their families are safe.
So we want to ask the rest of the nation to look at this. This is a fun way to give back. And we did this at the White House. We brought you guys White House onesies and blankets. We took up a drive. We had boxes all over the West Wing and the East Wing. People wrote checks. We brought -- I mean, this was fun. And any business, any community, any school can do this for a military family, for an expectant mom. All you have to do is find them. And all you all have to do is ask and reach out.
And we’re going to be making it easier for people around the country to connect. We’ve got a new website, joiningforces.gov, where people can get online, find out what's going on in their own communities, learn more about Operation Shower and how to get involved, and how to do something like this in their own communities.
- Posted byon April 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM EDT
Cross-posted from the Office of Science and Technology blog
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched the Joining Forces Initiative to tap into our shared desire to support our service members and their families. To celebrate the moment, organizations from across the country have announced 26 new commitments, including a coalition led by SCORE to inaugurate the “Veterans Fast Launch” initiative.
The premise is simple—with the right support tools, including mentorship, scholarships, and a package of free software resources, we can improve the success rate of veterans’ and their families’ ability to succeed as small business owners. Coalition partners contributing to the resource base include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AVG, Cisco, Constant Contact, docstoc.com, HP, Intacct.com, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and Squareup.com.
The Walmart Foundation will also provide military veterans and their families with scholarships to attend the SCORE “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” series through 360 chapters across the Nation.
All told, the Fast Launch team will help would-be entrepreneurs understand market demand, tech planning, website development, and innovative techniques to harness the power of technology in boosting financial performance. SCORE and its partners will assist 16,000 military veterans and their families and help launch 3,000 new businesses during the first year of the program.
Please join me in celebrating this important endeavor. It is yet another example of how the tech community is organizing to expand the number of high growth entrepreneurs through the President’s “Startup America” initiative and its private sector partner, Startup America Partnership. We welcome your feedback on how to support our Nation’s entrepreneurs.
Aneesh Chopra is U.S. Chief Technology Officer
- Posted byon April 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM EDT
This afternoon, the First Lady sent this message to announce the launch of Joining Forces, a new campaign to support America’s service members and their families.
Check out the email below, and be sure to sign up for the Joining Forces email list to stay up to date on the campaign.
I'm writing to make sure that you know about an unprecedented national campaign to support our nation's military families called Joining Forces.
As First Lady, I've had the privilege of meeting with Americans in uniform around the world. These brave men and women would be the first to tell you that they don't serve alone. Every day, they are joined in service to our country by military wives, husbands, children, siblings and parents.
Joining Forces is about all of us joining together, as Americans, to give back to the extraordinary military families who sacrifice so much every day. Our motto is simple — everyone can do something. So take a moment to find out how you can play a part:
Like their loved ones, military families are proud to serve. But that doesn't mean it’s easy. Indeed many Americans may not realize how difficult it can be to have a parent or spouse deployed overseas.
That's why Joining Forces is so important. We're going to match the unique needs and strengths of America’s military families with specific ways that Americans can offer support.
So on behalf of the President, as well as the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden, proud military parents themselves, let me offer a heartfelt thanks to not only our troops and their families – but also to the rest of you for joining forces to support them.
First Lady of the United States
P.S. We've created a special email list for more frequent updates about the Joining Forces campaign. You can sign up here:
- Posted byon April 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Today, President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Obama and Dr. Biden launched Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure military families have the support they have earned.
The First Lady and Dr. Biden announced the initiative and JoiningForces.gov in this special video:
Our new website -- JoiningForces.gov -- provides ways for all Americans to step up and show their gratitude to our service members and their families. Here, you can share a messages of thanks, find opportunities to get involved and share stories of service. We'll also highlight Federal Government support and the outstanding American citizens, communities, and businesses that are serving our nation's military families.
“Joining Forces was created to recognize and serve our nation‟s extraordinary military families who, like their loved ones in uniform, serve and sacrifice so much so that we can live in freedom and security," said Mrs. Obama, "This is a challenge to every segment of American society not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families.”
- Posted byon March 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM EDT
This past Wednesday, I attended the Department of Education’s third of four regional community college summits at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. These summits are being held across the country to follow up on the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges hosted by the President and Dr. Biden at the White House last October. As Dr. Biden said then, the White House Summit was only the beginning of our national outreach and efforts to demonstrate how community colleges are critical to educating the best, most competitive workforce in the world.
This week’s summit focused on the ways community colleges are partnering with businesses across the country to develop training and education programs that meet business and regional economic needs. Participants heard from several industry representatives about how they value a community college education, and how they are working to make sure their employees succeed both in the workplace and in the classroom.
- Posted byon March 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT
Today, before a packed auditorium at Moscow State University, Vice President Biden delivered a powerful speech to U.S. and Russian students and business leaders. Echoing messages conveyed during his earlier meetings with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin over the course of his three-day visit, Vice President Biden hailed the successful “reset” of U.S.-Russian relations and reiterated his call for broader economic cooperation between the two countries.