First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden pledged to continue leading the Joining Forces initiative, which has generated a flood of support for military families and veterans, over the next four years.
“There is growing appreciation, but I think there is still more work to do,” Obama told the Pentagon Channel, reported American Forces Press Service. “We want to keep shining that spotlight.”
The initiative has encouraged Americans to recognize and support service members and their families since it was launched in April 2011. The program has encouraged employers to hire veterans and military family members, and streamlined the process for military spouses to transfer professional licenses, among other accomplishments.
“People have really reached out, and we have gotten such great response. We feel pretty good about that,” Biden said.
The First Lady stressed the need to maintain Joining Forces as military operations have been completed in Iraq and are scheduled to draw down in Afghanistan.
“That is not when it ends. That is when it begins,” Obama said. “Because as families are making that transition to civilian life, it is going to be more important than ever before for us to show them how valued they are to us — and not just in words, but in deeds.”