First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Presidential Directive on Military Families
WASHINGTON, DC – First Lady Michelle Obama today announced that President Obama has directed the National Security Staff to lead a new 90-day review to develop a coordinated Federal government-wide approach to supporting and engaging military families. Building on work and expertise by the Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, the review will involve nearly twenty federal agencies as well as the White House Domestic Policy and National Economic Councils and the Offices of the Vice President, the First Lady, and Dr. Biden.
Specifically, the review will:
The review builds on the Obama administration's efforts to forge an enduring national commitment to support and engage military families. These combined national efforts will help ensure that:
“With just one percent of our population—our troops—doing 100 percent of the fighting our military families are being tested like never before,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This government wide review will bring together the resources of the federal government, identify new opportunities across the public and private sectors, and lay the foundation for a coordinated approach to supporting and engaging military families for years to come.”
The First Lady made the announcement during an address to the National Military Family Association's summit – When Parents Deploy: Understanding the Experiences of Military Children and Spouses. Mrs. Obama addressed the state of America's military families today, outlined a vision of the nation supporting them over the long-term, and how, as a country, all segments of society can work together to turn that vision into a reality. The First Lady, along with Dr. Jill Biden, uses their platform to support military families by:
MilitaryConnection.com commends the First Lady for her support of those who serve and their families. Mrs. Obama has embraced this issue. The First Lady is able to keep this issue front and center for the American public. The families of those who serve make many sacrifices. They spend a great deal of time separated from their loved ones. Military spouses have to pick up the slack when their loved one is deployed. It is difficult and stressful for these wonderful folks. May is Military Appreciation Month. We applaud those who serve, past and present and their courageous families. Let's salute them 24/7.