Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, Thursday stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by spouses of people serving in the military.
"We want to elevate military spouses in America because they sacrifice a lot," Pence, who will meet with military families in Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"We are taking comfort kits to children whose parents are deployed. It will be a great day at Fort Carson."
She said the kits are from an organization called Comfort Crew for Military Kids, which is sponsored by Rhonda Englander, who lost her father during the Vietnam War.
"Last week, we had several congressional spouses come to the vice president's residence and we assembled 500 kits we are taking with us to Fort Carson," said Pence. "Inside each kit, you have a teddy bear, a journal, a video for the family that talks about how to stay connected with your service member while they are deployed. The video that talks about how these children are not alone, we are with you all the way."
She noted that in May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage federal agencies to hire military spouses, as such jobs could be mobile and allow them to stay employed while their family members are deployed.
"We have gone all over the United States and some places around the world and we started with a listening session," said Pence. "We didn't want to jump in and say we know how to solve this problem but to ask our spouses what are your issues, what can we do."
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