Chairman’s Corner: Strengthening Our Military Families
By Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2011 Deborah and I attended a Jan. 24 White House event hosted by the President and First Lady announcing an exciting new effort that renews and enhances our Nation’s commitment to our military families.
President Barack Obama announces a whole-of-government initiative to benefit military families as Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama look on during a Jan. 24, 2011, White House event. DOD photo by Elaine Wilson
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“Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment” advances 50 new initiatives across 16 federal agencies and promises to revolutionize the way we care for military families on issues ranging from child care to mental health, from education and employment to housing.
The President noted right up front that, “This is a matter of national security. With millions of military spouses, parents, and children sacrificing as well, the readiness of our Armed Forces depends on the readiness of our military families.” We could not agree more.
Deborah and I are reminded daily that the incredible families who support our men and women in uniform also sacrifice and serve. We are deeply pleased – and grateful – for all our military families do, and for this new comprehensive effort to care for such a special group of people.