“This is a challenge to every segment of American society not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families.” said First Lady Michelle Obama at the launch of a new national initiative called Joining Forces on Tuesday. The initiative provides all Americans with new ways to support and show gratitude to America’s service members and their families. Secretary Duncan, President Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden joined the First Lady in announcing the new initiative.
By working with communities, non-profits, businesses, charitable organizations and faith based institutions, Joining Forces aims to ensure military families have the education, employment and healthcare support they have earned.
For more information on how you can share messages of thanks, get involved, and share your own story of military service visit joiningforces.gov. You can also watch a video from the First Lady and Dr. Biden announcing the Joining Forces initiative.
Earlier this year, Secretary Duncan noted that ED is “committed to providing children of military families the support and education they need to thrive, as well as expanding educational opportunities for military spouses and veterans.” ED has created a one-stop “shop” Military Families and Veterans web page that provides information on educational benefits and programs available through the Department of Education.