White House launches major effort to support military families


Posted by Stefany Mullinnix


The White House on Tuesday launched a national initiative that focuses on the employment, education and wellness of military personnel and their families.


First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced the Joining Forces initiative, which knits together a panoply of government agencies, businesses, nonprofit groups and media organizations in an effort to improve the lives of military families. The nonpartisan Center for a New American Security will coordinate the effort, led by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his command in Afghanistan last year over controversial comments about administration officials.

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Comment by Kelly Gump on May 1, 2011 at 6:17pm


I am hopeful this will make a real impact, but again…the focus does not appear to be on professional careers. No matter….I am happy to see some focus on the issue of jobs for military spouses.



Comment by Haley Uthlaut on April 15, 2011 at 1:19am

I’m really excited about this initiative, it seems to have some real substance to it.  It has been encouraging to see the publicity and support for military families.  There have been quite a few new announcements of companies pledging resources to aid family members.  I haven’t seen too much in the way of employment, however.  It looks like Walmart will allow spouses to transfer to a new store when they PCS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is going to provide job training.  I think this is better than nothing, but would like to see more!



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