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Joining Forces

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...

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.

This Memorial Day: A Simple Act of Kindness

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Dr. Jill Biden

This Memorial Day, I hope you will take a moment to offer your own gesture of thanks to our men and women serving abroad and at home, as well as their families, and take a moment to honor the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Walmart CEO: ‘Private Sector Is Stepping Up For Our Heroes'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business

The nation’s largest private employer says it can't hire veterans quickly enough. Walmart plans to accelerate the hiring process for veterans se...

The Unemployment Rate for Military Spouses is Unacceptable

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

According to the Department of Defense, the unemployment rate for military spouses is an alarmingly high 26 percent which is more than three times the national average.

Mentor a Woman Veteran: Give Back to Those Who Have Given So Much

Deborah Frett | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Deborah Frett

While we should thank our veterans every day, collectively we as a nation all say thank you on Veterans Day, November 11. But many of us want to offer more than just a sincere "Thank You," we would like to do something.

In Their Debt: A Reminder of Our Duty to Vets

Lorin M. Fife | Posted 11.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Lorin M. Fife

Let us show that our heroes will be cared for, venerated and provided the critical services that enable them to lead fulfilling, productive lives outside the military.

Why I LOVE Michelle Obama

Omnia Saed | Posted 11.12.2012 | Teen
Omnia Saed

No matter your political affiliation, there's no doubt that First Lady Michelle Obama is the epitome of class and feminism.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #39, Michelle Obama

Bernard Whitman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Michelle Obama burst on the national scene four years ago, and, like her husband, quickly captured the imagination of the nation. Some say she is her husband's best asset. She is more popular than the president, with a favorability rating of 66 percent, unchanged from two years ago.

How Three Non-Profits Teamed Up to Impact 12,772 Military Families

Mike Landers | Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact
Mike Landers

In 2011, Newman's Own Foundation awarded the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) a $300,000 grant, facilitated by Fisher House, to serve military families through 2012.

New Program Trains Social Workers To Help Troops

AP | Posted 07.27.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- A new program is being launched to train thousands of social workers on how to aid troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. First ...

Joining Forces to Get Veterans to Work on the Railroads

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Edward R. Hamberger

We could not be prouder of the men and women who have served our nation, and encourage them to continue their service by pursuing a career in the rail industry. This almost 200-year legacy of hiring America's veterans is just getting stronger.

Bob Dole, American Vet; Michelle Obama, Friend of American Vets

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As Memorial Day approaches, I think about a time long ago when three young wounded warriors came home from a war that saved our nation from fascism to rebuild our nation from the ravages of world war and depression.

Michelle Obama To Military Wives: You Are 'Outstanding Role Models'

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 05.10.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama is honoring military mothers and wives for being "outstanding role models" for their children, communities and...

Obamas Get Highest Honor For Tackling Vet Homelessness

Posted 04.28.2012 | Impact

For their determination to put an end to veterans living on the streets, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will receive the highest...

Rent-To-Own Industry, Long Criticized For Preying On Military, Tries A Different Tactic

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Rent-to-own furniture stores, once branded as "predatory lenders" by the Department of Defense, are now pledging to hire veterans returning from duty....

Invisible Wounds: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Announce Nursing Initiative to Care for Veterans With PTSD

Charles Howard | Posted 04.13.2012 | Impact
Charles Howard

While every member of the health care team needs to be attuned to the possibility of PTSD and TBI, nurses must be particularly prepared to serve our military and their families with expert clinical care and innovative research on these most serious disorders.

It's Time to Honor All Military Families

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Repeal of DADT was a monumental achievement, but it did not level the playing field for gay and lesbian service members, veterans, and their families. It's time to end these discriminatory laws, finish the job, and honor all military families.

SLIDESHOW: 10 First Ladies And Their Charitable Causes

Posted 04.10.2012 | Impact

As Michelle Obama marks the one-year anniversary of her co-founding of Joining Forces, a national organization whose mission is to help military famil...