First Lady Michelle Obama is set to mark the One Year Anniversary of Joining Forces. The initiative that was launched last year by the First Lady and Dr Jill Biden seeks to bring attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families while showcasing their skills and experience. By doing so Joining Forces hopes to inspire and educate the American public and spark action from businesses, non-profits, faith-based, philanthropic and government organizations to help give military families the support they need to help strengthen their communities.
On a conference call with the media this morning the First Lady announced the private sector’s commitment to hire 15,000 military spouses as veterans. These companies included Alpine Access, Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc, DialAmerica, Etech Global Services, Hilton Hotels, Prosperity America, Quality Contact Solutions, Agility Marketing, QCSS Inc, SP Data and Veteran Call Center, LLC. These jobs will include entry level, middle and upper management jobs.
The Joining Forces One Year Anniversary celebration two day tour kickoffs April 11th and will include a military family White House Celebration hosted by the First and Second Ladies as well as visits to the University of Pennsylvania, Shreveport, Louisiana, the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida and an appearance on The Colbert Report by Mrs Obama.
A detailed itinerary after the jump.
According to the White House Press Office…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
White House 11:00 AM ET Anniversary Celebration
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will kick off a celebration for military families and organization leaders that have played key roles in supporting our nation’s troops, veterans and families. Finalists of the Joining Forces Community Challenge will be the celebration’s special guests. Late last year, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden launched the Challenge to recognize and celebrate citizens, communities, and organizations who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service by improving the lives of military families and veterans. Hundreds of submissions were received and twenty finalists who found innovative ways to show their gratitude and support at the local level were chosen. These twenty finalists will travel from across the country to be honored at the White House. The finalists will be joined by the Challenge’s notable judges, Tom Brokaw – who will deliver opening remarks, J.R. Martinez, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, USO President Sloan Gibson and Deanie Dempsey, wife of General Martin Dempsey.
The Missouri Air National Guard's 571st Air Force Band “Sidewinder” will perform at the event. Last year, a fan’s video of the band performing at an airbase in Southwest Asia went viral on YouTube and garnered national attention.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 2:15 PM ET Nurses Nationwide Join Forces to Support Veterans and Military Families
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will announce a major initiative by more than 150 of America’s leading nursing organizations and more than 450 nursing schools in 50 states and territories to ensure our nation’s nurses are prepared to help meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families. Nursing leaders have committed to educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other combat-related issues. Collectively, this effort will reach over three million nurses in nearly every health care setting and every community in America.
New York City The Colbert Report
First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on The Colbert Report to discuss her Joining Forces initiative. Host Stephen Colbert has shown strong support for our troops, including bringing his show to Iraq, broadcasting special episodes to honor returning troops, performing at numerous USO events and getting a military-style hair cut to show his solidarity with those in uniform. Military families of troops deployed to Afghanistan will be a part of the audience.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Shreveport, Louisiana 2:15 PM ET Announcing Joining Forces’ 50,000th Hire
Last August, President Obama announced a series of policies to increase veterans’ employment and asked the First Lady and Dr. Biden to lead an effort through Joining Forces to challenge the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. Well on track to exceed this goal, First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Shreveport, Louisiana, to announce the 50,000th veteran or military spouse to have been hired by a company through the Joining Forces initiative. Mrs. Obama will visit the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, which has aggressively hired veterans in the last year because of the unique skill set that they bring to the job.
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida 6:00 PM ET Honoring Young Women from Military Families
First Lady Michelle Obama will invite young women from military families to a celebration honoring their service to our nation as members of a military family. Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks to the high school junior and senior girls and their parents and reveal surprise guests who she invited for this special occasion.