An update on Joining Forces
The White House, Washington
Last weekend, I had the chance to participate in an annual event called â€œOperation Thank You!â€ in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Operation Thank You! began there in 2004 as a way to thank and honor military service members and their families for their sacrifice. It was a great day, and I had the chance to meet with many of the families in attendance, and thank the organizers for their hard work.
The event was a great example of the types of action and outreach that the First Lady and I are trying to encourage around the country through our Joining Forces initiative.
The First Lady and I have seen some incredible examples of people reaching out to military families just like in Portsmouth â€“ and we want to formally applaud these efforts.
So today Iâ€™m excited to announce the Joining Forces Community Challenge. We would like to recognize the great work that citizens, communities, schools, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and local governments are doing to support our military families.
Learn more about the Challenge and tell us your story:
We will award several national non-monetary prizes and the winners will be honored at an event in Washington, DC in early 2012.
We all have a role â€“ big or small â€“ to play in supporting our military families. Whether itâ€™s hosting a baby shower for an expectant military mom, lending a hand with accounting during tax season or holding parades to welcome home our wounded warriors, everyone can do something.
If you or someone you know is has demonstrated a genuine and deep desire to be of service to military families, we want your story to be a part of the Joining Forces Community Challenge.
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