I don’t know if the program was started to burnish Michelle’s image, but it’s the fourth anniversary of Mrs. Obama’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, which aids veterans and their families with struggles at home, and she’s proven beyond a reasonable doubt her genuine commitment to the cause.
If there’s one function of government I can get behind, it’s to serve those who have served all of us. And Michelle, and well as Dr. Biden, is to be commended for her vigorous and consistent commitment to helping veterans, long after any PR benefit might have worn off.
From their White House schedule:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The White House – First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks on a call with Mayors participating in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Washington, DC – First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Joining Forces at the Congressional Club’s annual Congressional Spouses Luncheon.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Montgomery County, MD – First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will visit a Vet Center in Montgomery County, MD to highlight and amplify how Vet Centers are resources for veterans and their families. Vet Centers offer a range of resources including mental health counseling, outreach, and referrals to veterans, service members and their families.
Monday, April 20, 2015
New Orleans, LA – First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to New Orleans, LA and join Mayor Mitch Landrieu to highlight the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.
Monday, April 27, 2015
The Vice President’s Residence, Washington, DC – Dr. Jill Biden will announce new commitments made to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), enabling greater access to AP College Readiness Programs among children of service members and veterans.
She is promoting the initiative with an interview in Glamour magazine, where she said:
Think about the amount of training the average veteran has received through the military—physical training, project management training, public relations work. Think of an average tour of duty in a foreign land, the money we put into developing that, and then they’re discharged, and what, we let that investment go? Absolutely not. These are some of the best-trained people in our society.
That’s very nicely put. And with their service, our veterans have also invested in America. And America owes them a return on their investment, which Michelle is helping us provide.