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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Team Up for A Great Cause

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 17 April 2011

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden team up for a great cause to support our troops.

First lady Michelle Obama told military families on Wednesday that they deserve more recognition for their sacrifices and need to brag on themselves during a pep rally at a sprawling Marine base in North Carolina.

Mrs. Obama told the crowd at a Camp Lejeune field house that the desire to increase the appreciation of military families is part of why she and Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, are promoting a new program to support military families.

Obama says the nearby city of Jacksonville is a model for how communities should respond to the needs of military families.

"This is a challenge to every segment of American society not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families," Mrs. Obama said Tuesday as the Joining Forces initiative got under way.

After the rally, the two attended a baby shower for 40 pregnant women whose husbands are in the service. Martha Stewart gave a demonstration on scrapbooking, and the women handed out gifts.

The White House spouses are calling on businesses, nonprofits and communities to help military families challenged by frequent moves and the emotional strain of having loved ones far away, facing wartime peril.

The White House said companies and groups already have signed on to the effort. For example, Best Buy's Geek Squad will help military families use technology to connect with loved ones who are deployed. Sears and Wal-Mart will offer transfers to employees who are military spouses who have to move and the national PTA will expand efforts to help military children adjust to new schools.

"The initiative aims to education, challenge and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure military families have the support they deserve," a White House statement said.



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