Joining Forces Blog
- Posted byon April 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM EDT
Growing up is tough enough. But for the 1.2 million military children of active-duty members worldwide, it can be especially tough, particularly in school, where normalcy and routine are critical for high academic achievement and positive social growth. Military children are some of the most resilient children in the world. With their parents, they are constantly on the move. Whether it’s in the United States or overseas in foreign lands, they learn after a few moves to quickly adjust to new communities, new friends, and adapt as necessary to their new surroundings.
National PTA, with its more than 4 million members, believes that supporting the military child takes a schoolwide effort. School staff should be educated on the academic and social-emotional challenges military children face. A positive school environment, built upon caring relationships among all participants — students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community members — has been shown to impact not only academic performance but also positively influence emotions and behaviors of students.
- Posted byon April 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell on Wednesday at a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum.
The First Lady and Dr. Biden's message was clear: our commitment to our service members and their families does not end when their service does, which is why they launched Joining Forces three years ago this month.
Since then, companies who have made commitments to Joining Forces have hired over half a million (540,000) veterans and military spouses. Commitments from America’s biggest firms like UPS, who announced a doubling of their commitment to 50,000 new hires and Xerox who will has committed to hire 10,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years.
- Posted byon April 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM EDT
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This morning, on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcomed riders participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.
Today was the fifth time President Obama has welcomed Soldier Ride to the White House. The ride begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in Friendship, Maryland, spanning a total of 58 miles.
- Posted byon April 16, 2014 at 3:33 PM EDT
On April 12, in communities across the country, Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB), Team Rubicon, and The Mission Continues held their third annual Run As One event in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt -- an original member of Team Rubicon who lost his battle with PTSD and depression. Run As One celebrates the partnership between these three organizations while also symbolizing the leadership, action, and collaboration across all segments of our society supporting veterans and their families. The goals of Run As One are to:
- Build strong, united communities around America's veterans.
- Demonstrate leadership by driving collaboration and a proactive approach to veteran service.
- Raise awareness of, and demonstrate solutions to, the challenges of the military to civilian transition.
- Posted byon April 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM EDT
Three years ago this month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a national initiative to support America’s service members and military families – before, during and after deployment.
One of the best ways we can support those who serve is by providing them with tools and resources to help them pursue an education or find a good-paying job. We know that veterans make some of the very best students and employees; they bring the same determination and focus to their studies and their jobs that they brought to serving our country.
As more than one million service members transition back to civilian life over the next five years, many of them will pursue their education by using the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits they have earned.
That’s why resources like the VA’s GI Bill® Comparison Tool are so important. Veterans, service members, survivors, and eligible dependents can quickly and easily calculate their GI Bill benefits at more than 10,000 approved schools and job training programs.
- Posted byon April 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM EDT
On June 7, 2012, Linda Mills received a phone call that changed her life forever: Linda’s husband, Army Staff Sergeant Andrew Mills, had been seriously injured when an IED exploded in Afghanistan.
Almost immediately, Linda quit her job to become Andrew’s full-time caregiver. In the weeks and months after the explosion, Andrew underwent more than 30 surgeries. The two of them moved from North Carolina to Virginia, so that Andrew can rehab at a state-of-the-art military hospital. And every single day, Linda has stood by her husband’s side, helping with physical therapy, assisting with daily personal care, and managing the family’s legal and financial responsibilities.
Today, after two years in her new role as a caregiver, Linda considers herself not just a military spouse, but a nurse, an advocate, a scheduler, and a coach. And as she often says, even a tragedy can lead to a new beginning – in a few weeks’ time, she and Andrew will welcome their first child into the world.
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