April 12th, 2011
03:59 PM ET
By CNN Wires Staff
"Joining Forces" will encourage businesses to provide jobs for military spouses, schools to find ways to provide additional support to children of service members and also encourage everyday Americans to find ways to personally get involved.
"It's not just the right thing to do, it also makes this country stronger," Obama said, noting that soldiers often say the one thing he can do for them is ensure their families are cared for so they can focus on their jobs.
The group also will launch a public awareness campaign to educate Americans about military families and their needs. A new website, http://www.joiningforces.gov, will provide volunteering opportunities to serve military families.
"Working together, we're going to make sure our military families are never forgotten," Michelle Obama said.
The nonpartisan nonprofit Center for a New American Security will coordinate commitments under the initiative and help guide the effort with the help of a board that will includes retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Patty Shinseki, the wife of Eric Shinseki, a former Army general and current secretary of veterans affairs.FULL STORY