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Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to highlight needs of military families

First lady Michelle Obama will join this month with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, to launch a national campaign to support military families, an effort that will include traveling to bases and military communities to highlight their initiative.

“The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned,” according to a White House statement released Friday.

Obama and Biden will kick off the campaign on April 12 at the White House, then hit the road for a tour.

Vice President Biden’s son Beau Biden is in the Army National Guard, and Jill Biden has been involved in military family issues for quite a while. Obama’s interest in military families dates back to the presidential campaign, when she regularly held small roundtable events with women. As first lady, she has visited several military bases including Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

In May, Obama will make her first trip to West Point, where she will be a banquet speaker for 3,000 graduates of the military academy.

The full release follows:

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND DR. JILL BIDEN TO LAUNCH

MILITARY FAMILIES INITIATIVE APRIL 12TH

A Nationwide Call to Action

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will launch a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families on Tuesday, April 12th at the White House.

The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned.

In the days following the launch, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will travel across the country to highlight the courage and strength of our military families, and the ability of our veterans and military spouses to strengthen our communities. They will also meet with men and women who are taking action, and lending a hand to those that have served our Nation.

For years, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden have been committed to supporting our Nation’s military families, advocating for their priorities, and shedding light on their stories. They have visited military communities at home and abroad, learned about the unique challenges our troops, veterans and their families face, and have seen firsthand the commitment to service that defines so many of our military families. This initiative builds on the President’s directive to establish a coordinated and comprehensive Federal approach to supporting military families, and will work to reconnect military families with all communities.

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