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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Michelle Obama’s box at the State of Union includes two Virginians

First lady Michelle Obama will welcome Col. Ginger Wallace of McLean to sit in her box Tuesday night for the State of the Union Address.
First lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Wallace’s longtime partner Kathy Knopf attended Wallace’s promotion ceremony in December and participated in the “pinning on” of Wallace’s rank — the first such event reported following the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell.”

Wallace, an air force intelligence officer who has led airlift and intelligence operations during a variety of conflicts, including the Iraq War, is training to deploy to Afghanistan in the spring.

Obama also invited another Virginian — Amber Morris of Virginia Beach — to sit in the box.

Morris responded to the White House’s call in December asking Americans “What does $40 mean to you?” by saying, “Forty dollars a pay check means that I'll be able to pay my bills, but most months it'll be a tight squeeze. It means that I'll have no spending money which means I can't do my part in encouraging my local economy.  Forty dollars a paycheck may not seem a lot, but it could mean a steady job for me and my coworkers or unemployment.” 

Morris, who graduated from law school in 2008, found herself unable to find a job. She was working for a non-profit in Boston, but after the organization lost funding, she was unemployed in 2009 and forced to move back home with her parents. She’s since found work as a waitress.

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