"Joining Forces" Initiative

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Registered: 05-15-2009
"Joining Forces" Initiative
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Mon, 04-11-2011 - 2:05pm

General McChrystal will be leading a new advisory board, called Joining Forces, with the objective of supporting and honoring military families.

One of their first visits will be to Camp Lejeune to celebrate "Operation Shower," which will host unit-wide baby showers for expecting military families. 40 pregnant women whose husbands are in the military are expected to attend.

What do you think about this new initiative? Is there anything you'd like to see happen as a result?

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Registered: 10-22-2008
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 8:51pm

To be honest, I feel like programs like this are mostly a public relations stunt to make those involved (in this case Michelle Obama and Jill Biden) look good.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 3:01pm
I am always very appreciative of anything that is for the support of the military and military families. It's nice that they want to do this but I do agree with Jess that the people who want to do something already are and I don't think any of this will make people do anything more. And, honestly, I don't expect people to do anything to "support" us. There are a lot of other jobs that are just as difficult/dangerous as the military is and no one ever worries about supporting those families. A lot of times, it does feel like "support our troops" is just something that feels good to say.

In my view, what military families really need is an end to back to back deployments. We wouldn't need as much support if people weren't dealing with 10 years of war fatigue. Until our government can figure that out, I really think all of this other stuff is it spinning its wheels, trying to put a band aid on an artery wound.

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 3:14pm
It looks like Michelle Obama wrote a personal letter to iVillage about this that they shared this afternoon. Here's the link: http://www.ivillage.com/michelle-obama-jill-biden-joining-forces/6-a-340168?ice=iv:mb:msg:js

I do hope that something good comes of it.