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Meet Sabrina Jenkins, Michelle Obama's Guest For The State Of The Union

US First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as US President Barack Obama speaks during an event on expanding college opportunity in t
US First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as US President Barack Obama speaks during an event on expanding college opportunity in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House on January 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama turns 50 on January 17, 2014 as one of America's most respected women, but despite her popularity she is yet to break the mold as First Lady -- one of the toughest jobs in politics. The former Michelle Robinson did not take to politics quickly in the shadow of her high wattage husband and was even a liability early on in his 2008 campaign. But she has evolved into a polished performer -- and at key moments in the president's reelection bid breathed new life into his political persona, when he seemed weary and uninspired. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama has invited Sabrina Jenkins, an Air Force veteran and single mother from South Carolina, to join her at the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening.

Jenkins, 45, who lives with rheumatoid arthritis, faces $90,000 in student loans and lives paycheck to paycheck working for the Charleston County Housing Authority. She was recently featured in "The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink," where she told of living on the edge of poverty.

"It is a thrill and an honor to be invited by the first lady to sit with her in the Capitol while the president gives the State of the Union,” Jenkins said. “My story is the story of so many women in this country who are struggling to raise our children and provide for our families while managing our own health needs."

Shriver Report host Maria Shriver celebrated the first lady's decision to invite Jenkins to the speech.

“For too many American women, the dream of ‘having it all’ has morphed into ‘just hanging on,’” said Shriver. “I’m delighted that the president and first lady have identified Sabrina Jenkins, with her indomitable strength and courage, as an example of the challenges faced by working women every day."

View photos of Jenkins, taken as part of a photojournalism project by The Shriver Report below:

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