Joining Forces Blog

  • Helping Employers Connect to Job Seeking Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

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    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.

  • Wounded Warriors Ride for Recovery

    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.

    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)

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      A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

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    • President Obama Uses Starts The Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride

      President Obama, with Vice President Biden, uses an air horn to start the seventh annual Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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    • President Obama Cheers On Participants

      President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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    • Soldier Ride Participants Circle The South Lawn

      Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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    • President Obama Welcomes Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride Participants

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      President Obama visits with the crowd following the Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on The White House Blog. See the original post here.

    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. 

  • Veterans “Run As One” Across the Nation

    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:

    1. Build strong, united communities around America's veterans.
    2. Demonstrate leadership by driving collaboration and a proactive approach to veteran service.
    3. Raise awareness of, and demonstrate solutions to, the challenges of the military to civilian transition.

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries: Estimate Your Education Benefits in Just a Few Clicks

    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.

  • Joining Forces Third Anniversary

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Military Spouse magazine. See the original post here.

    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. 

  • President Obama Speaks at Fort Hood Memorial Service

    Yesterday, President Obama spoke at Fort Hood Military Base in Killeen, Texas to share his condolences after last week's tragic shooting at the base where Sergeant first Class Daniel Ferguson, Staff Sergeant Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, and Sergeant Timothy Owens lost their lives.

    "It was love for country that inspired these three Americans to put on the uniform and join the greatest Army that the world has ever known," President Obama said. "They lived those shining values -- loyalty, duty, honor -- that keep us strong and free."

    During his remarks at the memorial, the President explained that we must honor their lives "not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth."

    We must honor these men with a renewed commitment to keep our troops safe, not just in battle but on the home front, as well. In our open society, and at vast bases like this, we can never eliminate every risk. But as a nation, we can do more to help counsel those with mental health issues, to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are having such deep difficulties. As a military, we must continue to do everything in our power to secure our facilities and spare others this pain.