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An update on Joining Forces

The White House, Washington

Dear Friends,

Last weekend, I had the chance to participate in an annual event called “Operation Thank You!” 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 – and we want to formally applaud these efforts.

So today I’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 – big or small – to play in supporting our military families. Whether it’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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