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Joining Forces

We Must Stand Up for the Nation's Veterans - All Year Long and with Everything They Need

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.10.2016 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

On Veterans Day, veterans' accomplishments and challenges are in the spotlight. But those who work with our veterans, day in and day out, know they ne...

The Awakening of University Schools of Education: Operation Educate the Educators

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

April is the Month of the Military Child. Let's involve our university schools of education and affiliated disciplines to make our whole nation aware of the needs of military- and veteran-connected students in public schools.

Michelle Obama To Appear On 'NCIS'

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics

First lady Michelle Obama is set to make yet another appearance on prime-time television. Next month, she's is scheduled to appear on the CBS Emmy-nom...

Dr Jill Biden A Glamorous Embodiment of the American Spirit

Anna Wilding | Posted 04.15.2017 | Politics
Anna Wilding

WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) -- Graceful, lean and fit as a racehorse with a strong handshake that puts many men to shame, Dr. Jill Biden took th...

Mental Health and Military Families: Have Your Voice Heard

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 03.30.2017 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Hilton

Each year, April is celebrated as the Month of the Military Child. Please do your part to ensure all our military children receive appropriate health care by spreading the word about these changes. Our military families are worth it.

My #KidsServeToo Playlist for the Holidays

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 12.11.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jill Biden

Like millions of Americans all across the country, we decorate our home for the holidays. And as proud military parents, and grandparents to military-...

Uber And Lyft Offer Homeless Vets Free Rides To Job Interviews

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News

Two major transportation companies are getting in the same lane to help veterans in need. Uber and Lyft are joining forces with the American governm...

Collaborating Our Way to Stronger Veteran Employment

Steve Cooker | Posted 08.06.2016 | Impact
Steve Cooker

Everyone who has committed time, talent, money and effort to finding solutions to veteran unemployment should take pride that we're making progress as a nation. But, it is important to remember that we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

Happy Valentine's Day, and God Bless Our Troops

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jill Biden

As a military mom, I believe it's our sacred duty to honor the service of those who have sacrificed for our country. We owe thanks today and every day to those who wear the uniform. That is one of the reasons why First Lady Michelle Obama and I started Joining Forces in the first place.

A Conversation With Taya Kyle: Widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle

2BoomerBabes | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment

Chris' widow, Taya Kyle, joined us shortly after his death to share her personal remembrances of a husband, father, son and friend to so many. Here's the link to our interview with Taya Kyle.

Anny's Story: Success After Service

Jim Gibbons | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Anny was still a teenager when she joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002. Eager to serve her country and see the world, Anny enlisted before her senior...

Kicking off Military Family Month

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jill Biden

Throughout our history, members of our military have put their lives on the line to defend our country and preserve our security. As a proud military mom myself, I know that when you have a family member who is in the military, the whole family serves too.

Michelle Spotlights Unemployed Female Vets In Redbook Spread

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact

Michelle Obama will grace Redbook’s November cover, but her most striking pose is the centerfold image. In it, the first lady embraces five female v...

An Undocumented Military Spouse: The Story of Fanny Lopez

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.16.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

"When Our Troops Serve, Their Families are Serving, Too." So says the slogan of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to bring attention to the needs of military families. But what happens if a family member is undocumented? Does this mean that they are serving their country any less?

For Iraq Veteran Saif Khan, Supporting Veterans Means Action

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

We should never forget that the freedoms we sometimes take for granted in our nation were paid for in lives. I recently met a veteran who embodies this spirit and more.

First Lady Challenges Mayors to End Veteran Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 08.13.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

It's clear that ending veteran homelessness is possible with ideas and outlooks like this and the hope is that mayors all over the country will take heed and join in some good old fashioned mayoral competition lest they would be outrun by their neighbors.

The Military Caregiver Peer Network: Helping Our Nation's Hidden Heroes

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

Wounds, illnesses and injuries require ongoing care for many military service members and veterans. This type of care is given not only by professionals or in institutions, but right at home by millions of family members -- caregivers who are our hidden heroes.

Caring for the Caregivers

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jill Biden

Because of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Caregiver Rule, Brett's employer kept his job open so Brett had the time to care for his brother. Now Brett's back at his job in Chicago, and Kyle is doing great. Like the brothers' situation illustrates, these support systems can have a significant impact on the day-to-day hardships caregivers face.

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

In an effort to fill the thousands of jobs they currently have available, and to ensure they are attracting the best and brightest talent, America's l...

An Open Letter to Our Veterans and Their Families

Michelle Obama | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Michelle Obama

There's nothing more important than knowing that our families are healthy and happy. And after spending so much time with military families and hearing your stories of service and sacrifice for our country, I know that that's your priority as well.

A Call to Arms: Helping Female Veterans Find Jobs

Jim Gibbons | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Two years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden called on Goodwill and others to support our military veterans by participating in the Joining Forces campaign. Goodwill rose to that call.

What it Means to be a Champion of Change for Military Families

Mike Landers | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Mike Landers

My advice to potential volunteers is to find a passion that connects with your experience or skill set. Even if you are not skilled, take on the challenge to train yourself.

A Vet's Job Search Community

Roger Wright | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Roger Wright

In a national conversation centering on a vision for making sure that any given vet didn't feel alone in their search, what would a Veteran's Job Search Community look like?

Memorial Day 2013: Honor the Fallen by Lifting Up Veterans

Christine Pelosi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The physical and emotional toll of these deployments is a cost of war we Americans have only begun to pay, yet all too often a war-weary public tends to look the other way. But this Memorial Day we cannot look away.