USO Supports White House, First Lady Obama, Dr. Biden in Joining Forces Initiative

The USO is proud to be in support of the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s new initiative, Joining Forces. Joining Forces has been enacted to strengthen and support military families as they continue to provide beacons for our service men and women.

To take part in the initiative, Americans are being asked to send Messages of Thanks to military families, share their Stories of Support that detail how they have supported military families and participate in volunteer opportunities in their neighborhood that will help strengthen the military community.

“Joining Forces was created to recognize and serve our nation’s extraordinary military families who, like their loved ones in uniform, serve and sacrifice so much so that we can live in freedom and security,” said Mrs. Obama in a released statement. “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.”

Dr. Biden echoed Mrs. Obama’s sentiments.

“There are so many ways that every American can lend a hand and make a difference,” said Dr. Biden in a released statement. “We have met individuals and groups across this country who are supporting our troops and their families and showing all Americans that there are countless ways to help — some large and many small. But all important. And I can tell you from personal experience, all appreciated. That is why we are here today — and why Michelle and I are trying to rally American communities to join us.”

USO President Sloan Gibson expressed how thrilled the USO is to be a part of the new initiative.

“For 70 years, the USO has been hard at work lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families serving around the world,” Gibson said. “We’re delighted to support the Joining Forces initiative and continue to educate Americans about the key issues facing military families — education, employment and wellness. The USO applauds the White House and encourages all American’s to take action and make a meaningful difference for our military families.”