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Family Matters Blog: First Lady, Dr. Biden: Support Military Families

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2010 – I traveled with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to Iraq over the Fourth of July weekend, and was impressed with her deep caring and understanding of the issues military families face. I wrote about the trip in the blog, "Blogger Joins Dr. Biden Visiting Troops in Iraq."

As she’s often said, as the mother of a National Guard officer, she’s a military mom too.

To Iraq and back, she’s carried an ongoing message of support for military families. Together with First Lady Michelle Obama, she’s been working to ensure Americans step forward to embrace military families in communities across the country.

In their latest effort, the first lady and Dr. Biden wrote an op-ed, published today in USA Today, urging Americans to support military families titled “The Troops Need Us.

The war in Iraq may be over, they wrote, but our commitment to troops and their families must carry on.

“All of us are called to an ongoing mission: to support our troops, veterans and their families, whether they are here at home, serving in Afghanistan, or supporting the Iraqi people as they forge their own future,” they wrote.

The first lady and Dr. Biden reiterated a call to action that’s been a constant theme in all of their military-related talks: “support and engage our military families.”

“We can do this,” Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden wrote. “In every community, every day, we can find concrete ways to show our military families the respect and gratitude that each of us holds for them in our hearts. They deserve our support long after the welcome home ceremonies are over.

“You don't have to come from a military family, have a base in your community, or be an expert in military issues to make a difference,” they wrote. “Every American can do something.”

For more on the first lady and Dr. Biden’s op-ed, read my American Forces Press Service article, “First Lady, Dr. Biden Urge Troop, Family Support.”

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