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  • Joining Forces Exceeds Expectations

    First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Jill Biden, speaks during a Joining Forces event in honor of military mothersin the East Room of the White House. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

    When First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden started the Joining Forces campaign 15 months ago, they did so with the goal of creating impactful and lasting health, education and employment support for military families. The campaign had two significant achievements this week that its director, Navy Capt. Brad Cooper, told me hit both of those marks. First, North Carolina became the 26th state to pass a ... more

  • Joining Forces to Connect Veterans With Opportunity

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    In one of the most powerful lines of his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20th, President Obama said, "If you want somebody who's going to get the job done –and done right— hire a veteran." With veterans accounting for more than a quarter of our workforce here at DOT, we're already familiar with our returning troops' strong professional skills and work ethic.  But, that doesn't mean we're not taking the President's message to heart.... more

  • Joining Forces for Vet Jobs: Orion International

    Orion International has been operating as a military career placement firm since 1991, and has played a prominent role in the Joining Forces campaign, which recently hit a milestone of finding 125,000 new jobs for veterans within the past year. We asked Orion President and Marine Corps veteran Mike Starich about Orion's role in the program, as well as his insights on what the future holds for veteran job seekers. What's your take on how the J... more

  • Joining Forces Works to Support Military Families

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    The Armed Services YMCA Essay Contest 2012 seeks students who can write about their Military Hero for its annual contest. Co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the essay contest promotes reading and writing among children and teen dependents of active duty military or retirees from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard/Reserve families.One $500 first place and one $100 second place bond will be awarded in categories for... more

  • Joining Forces Works to Support Military Families

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    The First Lady and Dr. Biden met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them. Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.Joining Forces:Brings attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families.Inspires, educates, a... more

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