• Family Support Covers Broad Spectrum of Needs0

    Military families have greater access to a wide range of support programs, including installation and school transitioning, promoting employment for spouses and nonmedical military counseling services, said Charles Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. Other programs include Military OneSource, which offers financial counseling, tax preparation and help with making informed decisions in home buying and selling …

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  • ‘Joining Forces’ Surpasses Goal for Hiring Veterans, Military Spouses0

    The White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign has prompted the private sector to hire or train more than 125,000 veterans and military spouses in the past year, meeting its goals more than a year early. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the accomplishment Wednesday while addressing sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2,000 businesses that have participated in the initiative have pledged to hire or train an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses in the coming years …

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  • Recent Successes Underscore ‘Joining Forces’ Progress0

    Recent achievements on two fronts highlight the progress the “Joining Forces” campaign spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden has made to support military families since the initiative was launched in the spring of 2011. Last month, North Carolina became the 26th state to enact legislation making it easier for military spouses to transfer their professional licenses when their families move to a new duty station. South Carolina and Hawaii recently passed similar legislation as well, and three states — California, Ohio and New Jersey — have license portability measures pending …

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  • First Lady Vows to Continue Fight on Behalf of Military Families, Veterans0

    First Lady Michelle Obama began her remarks at a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Joining Forces campaign by recounting a lengthy list of the initiative’s accomplishments. “Over the past year, more than 1,600 businesses have hired more than 50,000 veterans and spouses, and they pledged to hire at least 160,000 more in the coming years …

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  • ‘Joining Forces’ Campaign Should Endure Indefinitely, First Lady Says0

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden hope to ensure the “Joining Forces” initiative results in a permanent structure that becomes part of the nation’s culture, the two said in an interview marking the one-year anniversary of the effort to recognize and support military families and veterans. The campaign’s first year has been incredibly successful, reaching its goal of obtaining commitments from 100 companies to hire 100,000 military spouses and veterans …

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  • Six Organizations Named as ‘Joining Forces Challenge’ Winners0

    Six nonprofits offering a range of services to military personnel and their families were proclaimed winners in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to recognize the efforts of citizens and organizations working to improve the lives of military families. “Our military families demonstrate such strength, service, and sacrifice every single day, and we’re so grateful for everyone who is stepping up to give back to these families. The challenge winners are leading by example, and showing that all of us can find a way to serve those who serve us …

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