Michelle Obama, a Harvard-trained lawyer, became increasingly committed to serving the needs of struggling military families during President Obama's first term in office.
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Michelle Obama Makes Military Families Her Mission

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First ladies illustrate the evolving roles of women in society. Many First Ladies have been powerful forces in the White House governing team.

Most often, the First Lady will take on projects that reflect her core values. For Michelle Obama, that means kicking it up a notch with her signature initiatives to improve the lives of military families. Ms. Obama wants to get all Americans involved in understanding and supporting the powerful and unique needs of today's American military families.

A POWERFUL ADVOCATE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Mrs. Obama is a powerful advocate for military families, both in public opinion and federal benefits.

Ms. Obama, a Harvard-trained lawyer, became increasingly committed to serving the needs of struggling military families during President Obama's first term in office. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she met with Army spouses in Fayetteville, N.C., near Fort Bragg.

Although in military culture, asking for help can be taboo, according to presidential aides, Ms. Obama was moved to tears by their individual stories of sacrifice, including one military spouse who said that while her husband was on high-risk deployment, her only support for her and her children was food stamps.

The First Lady, inspired by the struggles and courage of military parents and families, said that she remembers their sacrifice when she is feeling hopeless, when her problems seem too overwhelming to bear.and so should we all.

FORMAL CAMPAIGN TO CONNECT MILITARY AND CIVILIAN FAMILIES

In March 2011, Michelle Obama formally launched a campaign to bring military families even more into the spotlight.

Ms. Obama is specifically dedicated to reconnecting military families to the civilian community for support, noting that military spouses juggle work and children while their military spouses are serving overseas.

She also noted that there is some misunderstanding of the challenges faced by military families, as the media often portrays joyful reunions and happy military children, but does not publicize the struggles of deployment, separation, PCS, and the emotional after effects of serving on active duty.

INSPIRATION FOR ACTING SELFLESSLY

According to Michelle and Barack Obama, military service doesn't end when the military uniform comes off. The impact of war-time service doesn't end when a soldier returns home. Military families have endless courage and strength, which should be matched by federal support. She is outspoken about increasing military pay and benefits, and constantly meeting with military families to report on their status to the President.

The First Family has committed to serving military families, and to inspire American civilians to extend their hands too, providing services big and small, to ease the hardships of those brave military families who give up so much to serve all Americans.



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