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tv   First Lady Jill Biden Announces Military Families Program  CSPAN  April 8, 2021 7:47pm-8:01pm EDT

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how are you? good morning. >> i am well. >> are you ready to get started? >> i am. >> of. [laughter]
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[background noises] >> hello. [background noises] [background noises] [background noises] >> already nervous enough. [laughter]
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>> go ahead and start. [background noises] >> hello, i'm a student in germany. earlier this year, i was fortunate to meet and talk to doctor jill biden discussing different life of military child those in the state. [inaudible] distinctly different people, we share a lot in common. the best interest in others, now i'd like to introduce.
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thank you. >> thank you. when you joined us in february, i felt like i knew you from the first word he spoke, your open and funny and sincere, it doesn't surprise me at all you managed to make friends when your family moved to germany despite not speaking any german and then he became a mentor you could help others feel less alone is that resilience makes military kids like you so special so thank you for joining us today. i'll never forget the emotions that ran through me as i stood in front of this 2010 uss to chris in her. just praying the bottle i held in my hand would break when it was time.
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i was nervous and excited most of all, deeply proud to become an honorary member of the family, or as they say, for life. surrounded by the sounds and shouts tears, i started with the soldiers who make up the crew and the family who stood by. the touch of longing in that celebration knowing when the time came to bring the ship to life, spouses and children, parents and siblings would stay behind but a piece of their hearts to sail away. there's no ribbon-cutting, or champagne to chris in their journey what is that, a journey, happy homecomings and more deployment, the transition to life after the military. in the moment, they seem to
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represent our entire armed forces anyone could look at towering masks and no this ship will be steady in the harshest winds, strong enough to cut through the most violent seas, able to withstand any storm and yet, so much of the power is unseen, beneath the waves, engines, anchors, the writer that gives direction and purpose. the families of our service members and veterans caregivers who lift up wounded soldiers, survivors who grieve those lost, you may not wear a uniform but to serve and sacrifice for us all. military families are as critical to national defense as a brother is to ship and we must always act upon that truth.
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today we write the next chapter about white house initiatives, first lady michelle obama and i started ten years ago joining forces. this work is personal to me. is it because of my badge? a navy signalman in world war ii, went to college on the g.i. bill, his love for this country was part of everything he did and he inspired us, his five daughters, to see america through his eyes, because of my son bo, when he joined the army national guard, i felt the unit pull of pride and concern every military mom knows so well. perhaps it's because of my grandkids. when both served for a year in iraq, i saw how his children navigated his deployment and i
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often wondered how people so small could be so strong. being part of the military community has shaped who i am but that is not why we are here today we are here because of you, the people behind on the screen because of the stories you shared with me, your joys and challenges from difficult pcs childcare on and off base, fighting to keep her own career identities say goodbye to beloved schools and friends, caring for your loved ones to morning those who have been lost, you are the rudder that steers our military and supporting your physical, social and emotional health, the
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national security imperative. every parent knows when your child is hurting, nothing in your world is right. when your spouse is home making ends meet, torn between taking care of your children and keeping a job, your heart breaks with them no matter how far away you are, our troops love their families and all that they are. service members cannot be focused on their mission if their families don't have what they need to thrive on home and we can't expect to keep the best and brightest, our service members are forced between love of country and hope and dreams they have for their families. we have an all volunteer force and continues only because of generations of americans who see
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honored dignity and patriotism of this calling. how can we hope to keep military strong if we don't give family survivors and caregivers what they need to survive? if we don't act on sacred obligation? that is why we are here today and what joining forces is all about. during the obama biden administration, we made a lot of progress and most of all, i am proud to help with the stories like the ones we heard from those on the screens behind me and now we are ready to do more so here's what you're going to see us do over the next few years, we are going to focus on military family employment and entrepreneurship before the pandemic, the department of defense estimated the military
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spouse unemployment rate was about 22%. spouses, all of you deserve opportunity to do the work you love whether it means keeping your job when you move base to base or owning your own business. we need to make sure you get quality childcare when needed so you don't have to feel your choosing between your job and taking care of your kids. we are going to work on education for military children. there are more than 2 million kids parents are service members, national guard service or veterans. our schools want to support students but they don't always know how. we are going to work with educators and government partners to make sure you, military connected kids have what you need to succeed and
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were going to work on military health and well-being. just 1% of our country shoulder the burden of 20 years of war. no one has more strength and grace and resilience and military families but you can't do this alone, we have to help you carry the weight. improving access to mental health resources, ensuring everyone puts food on the table and support caregiving families and survivors. so far, we've already got commitments from the department of defense, labor and education this is just the beginning. our effort will take all government working together and we expect every agency to step up and be part of it.
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this is a community bound together by love, love for country, love for your service members and love for the community you built together and it time we match that devotion. your commander-in-chief understands there's no greater honor than serving those who serve our country. everyone who serves, he's going to make sure you and your community are seen and our goal is that this work will live on long after as permanent priority for every white house because you deserve nothing less so thank you for all that you do. may god bless our troops and their families. thank you.
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