Date posted: June 16, 2011
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, spoke during the Cable Show general session about Joining Forces, a program she and Michelle Obama created to recognize, honor, and support military families. At the National PTA Convention earlier this month, a National Guard general spoke about the hardships and struggles of military families when loved ones are deployed.
Unless you have a close family member serving in the military, you can’t understand what these brave and dedicated Americans experience when the nation is at war. I found my thoughts drifting to my brother-in-law, a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, leaving his wife and 2 children in Illinois to serve in Afghanistan. I’ve always been in awe of how strong, capable and resourceful my sister is when her husband is deployed. Joining Forces holds special meaning for me because it’s shining a spotlight on these families.
Dr. Biden went on to praise the cable industry for their efforts to highlight the challenges and triumphs these families face through PSA’s, TV programs, and other initiatives such as History’s Take a Veteran to School and a new one by Discovery that helps teachers understand the unique challenges military children face.
If you know anyone who is a member of our armed services, or their family members, take a moment to think about their sacrifices and be sure to thank them for their service.