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Michelle Continues Her Excellent Work for Veterans

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.

Michelle Shows Graciousness Toward Kids, Troops

First Lady Michelle Obama gets plenty of grief around here for her various indulgences and policies, but when she does great things, I’m happy to point it out.

Instead of canceling in a huff and feeling slighted because graduating high school seniors and their parents in Topeka, Kansas didn’t want the first lady to soak up all the attention – and force limited seating – at their upcoming graduation ceremony, Michelle agreed to speak to them the day before at a separate event.

From the Associated Press:

Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends . . . 

Under a new plan worked out by the district, the first lady will speak on May 16 at a “senior recognition day” ceremony at the same 8,000-seat arena where the combined ceremony was to be held. The combined ceremony is being scrapped, and the five schools will hold separate graduation exercises instead.

The compromise, announced while President Barack Obama was traveling in Asia, pleased Topeka students and parents who were concerned about being limited to six tickets for family members and the first lady’s remarks taking away from the occasion.

Classy move.

Meanwhile, Michelle Wednesday announced a new website, ebenefits.va.gov, designed to help members of the military and veterans find jobs in the private sector.

The website is part of her noble “Joining Forces” initiative, which seeks to assist military families with employment, education and health.

This is not some big government program, or a statist scheme to distort the private sector. It’s an effort to pay back our servicemen and women for their sacrifice and their dedication to defending the nation. That’s something government should be doing.

It’s a great idea, and one to which Michelle has shown a sustained commitment, even after her husband’s reelection.

Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, who also leads Joining Forces, held a “jobs summit” for troops at Fort Campbell, Kentucky Wednesday.

Michelle’s Sublime Commitment to the Troops

First Lady Michelle Obama is demonstrating a sustained commitment to an extremely valuable pet project that she runs with Dr. Jill Biden, the Joining Forces initiative to support military service members and their families.

When it was launched, the effort seemed to me, as much as anything, a project to recast Mrs. Obama’s image from the woman who had suggested she had never been proud of her country into a first lady who honors the troops. It certainly was partially that. But now, even with Election Day over and done with, Michelle is rededicating herself to the cause and showing that her personal commitment to the men and women of the armed forces is genuine and abiding.

Michelle joining forcesJoining Forces is a wonderful idea that describes itself as “a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.”

The goal is to assist military families with their employment prospects outside of the military, the education of their children who are jerked from town to town, and the health and well being of families and fighting heroes under enormous stress.

Last month, with the nation’s governors a captive audience at their annual White House meeting, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden urged them to help veterans by making it easier to apply the skills they already have toward licensing for certain types of jobs. She and Dr. Biden have already helped convince many states – the total stands at 23 – to ease the licensing of military spouses for the jobs they hold when they move from state to state – an obviously common occurrence for military families.

Why, the logic goes, should people who are already trained have to spend hours in the classroom relearning what they already know?

And Wednesday, Michelle headed off to the Business Roundtable to pitch to the assembled CEOs the idea of hiring the “hundreds of thousands” of veterans and military spouses looking for work – and the thousands more who will be searching in the years to come when “over one million more will be hanging up their uniforms and transitioning back to civilian life,” according to Mrs. Obama.

She spoke movingly and persuasively about the benefits of hiring veterans:

These men and women will be returning to their families, rejoining their communities, and figuring out what’s next in their lives.  And as they do all of that, the one thing that they’re going to be thinking about is a job . . .

So these men and women, our veterans and military spouses, have seen it all.  And in the process, they have gained the types of qualities and values that you simply can’t teach anywhere else –- a relentless commitment to excellence, the ability to juggle multiple priorities, the wherewithal to meet deadlines under every circumstance imaginable.

They know how to develop and execute complex strategic plans, and they don’t give up until their mission is complete.  And when the pressure is highest, that’s when our veterans and military spouses are at their best.

These men and women are exactly the kinds of employees you all are looking for to help you compete in today’s global marketplace, and they’re proving that every single day with their achievements in the private sector.

We certainly knock Mrs. Obama around plenty here at WHD when she does outlandish, offensive or hypocritical things.

But this is a noble effort and a noble cause, it speaks well of her, and she gets little credit for it from the press. She deserves applause, and her effort – which can really help the people risking their lives to ensure our freedom – merits more attention.

Michelle’s Military Outreach Reaps Big Political Benefit

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Michelle to Hold Four Fundraisers in Two Days

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Michelle Obama to Appear on Colbert Report

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White House Assails Military Benefits

The White House is proposing to force retired and active duty military families to pay drastically more for health care as part of a plan to reduce costs and potentially force service members into the Obamacare health system, according to the Washington Free Beacon. This while Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden traverse their country… Continue Reading