President Obama has expressed his appreciation for military families, right from the start of his political career. Today, President Obama's vocal support of and commitment to military families and soldiers continues to make news.
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President and First Lady Pledge Support for Military Families

"When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world," Barack Obama said in his address to the 2004 Democratic Convention.

"I thought of and women - sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who won't be returning to their own hometowns. I thought of the families I've met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but still lacked long-term health benefits because they were Reservists."

President Obama has expressed his appreciation for military families, right  from the start of his political career.

Today, President Obama's vocal support of and commitment to military families and soldiers continues to make news. President Obama has pledged to improve services for both active duty military and veterans, "to uphold our sacred trust with every man and woman who has served in Iraq."In March 2009, President Obama told an audience 3700 marines at Camp Lejeune, "I want you to know this: military families are a top priority for Michelle and me, and they will be a top priority for my administration."

President Obama says support for military families are "of the greatest importance" on his agenda. Among his promises to military families, President Obama plans to raise military pay, continue quality child-care and job-training for spouses, and expand counseling and outreach to military families under the stresses of separation and war.

The President has also applauded the GI Bill and its educational benefits to veterans, noting that "we will.heed the lesson of history that those who fight in battle can form the backbone of our middle class by implementing a 21st century GI Bill to help our veterans live their dreams."

First Lady Michelle Obama has echoed the President in stating her own military mission: to learn firsthand about the unique challenges faced by military families. Mrs. Obama has long said that military families would be a central focus of her agenda as First Lady.While campaigning with her husband before the election, Michelle Obama hosted a series of roundtable talks for working women to discuss the challenges of balancing career and family.  Mrs. Obama also held separate, formal conversations with military wives to discuss the added burdens they face with a spouse abroad and often in dangerous battle zones. Mrs. Obama has now begun hosting regular roundtables with military wives.

Michelle Obama reiterated her support for military families during her March 2009 trip to Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina where she met with military spouses, and explored military family support services. Mrs. Obama was met with cheers and applause as she entered a private lunch with 20 family members and five Fort Bragg volunteers.

What does this mean for your military family? So far, confidence from military soldiers and their families is high. Military families all over the country are expressing a renewed hope that soldiers and veterans will be well cared for, and all military personnel and their families will be acknowledged and represented by the policies of President Obama's administration.


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