White House Spouses to Visit NC Military Families

Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 07:16 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.  — First lady Michelle Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden were to head to North Carolina, Texas and Colorado on Wednesday as they promote a new initiative to support military families by calling on business and organizations to aid those who face struggles unique to service members.

The two were expected to visit Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to speak to 3,000 military personnel and families members before attending a baby shower for 40 pregnant women whose husbands are in the service. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart planned to teach scrapbooking and the women were to hand out gifts to the expecting mothers.

"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," Mrs. Obama said Tuesday as the Joint Forces initiative got under way.

Mrs. Obama and Biden are calling on businesses, nonprofits and communities to help military families often challenged by frequent moves and the emotional strain of having loved ones far away, facing wartime peril.

The White House said companies and groups already have signed on to the effort. For example, Best Buy's Geek Squad will help military families use technology to connect with loved ones who are deployed. Sears and Wal-Mart will offer transfers to employees who are military spouses who have to move and the national PTA will expand efforts to help military children adjust to new schools.

"The initiative aims to education, challenge and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure military families have the support they deserve," a White House statement said.

Camp Lejeune, one the country's largest Marine Corps bases, is to be the first stop on a two-day, four-state tour. Obama and Biden were to head Wednesday to San Antonio, where they would meet with members of the Warrior and Family Support Center, and then to Denver for a baseball game with Colorado military families.

On Thursday, the White House spouses plan to visit Colorado Springs, Colo., for a science competition and Columbus, Ohio, for a meeting with businesses and a performance by Sesame Street Muppets and others.

___

Associated Press Writer Nancy Benac contributed to this report from Washington.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Joe Scarborough Denies Lobbying Hard for 'Meet the Press' Job

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 23:07 PM

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough denied reports Thursday that he and his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski have been "aggress . . .

Laura Ingraham: Rand Paul Closest to Americans on Foreign Policy

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:43 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, accused of being an isolationist by some fellow Republicans, is actually more in step with the  . . .

Legal Analyst Coffey: Ariz. Execution Won't Affect Death Penalty

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:22 PM

Don't expect Arizona's controversial execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood to put a damper on the death penalty, veteran lega . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved