Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Joining Forces

Did you catch The View today? First Lady, Michelle Obama and Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden were on with the other ladies of The View to discuss their new initiative to gain support from the other 98% of Americans for our service members and their families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden created this new initiative called Joining Forces.

"Joining Forces is a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned." 

I'm down for spreading awareness about what we military families experience and encouraging more more American's support. But honestly I have my doubts about this program. The website for Joining Forces is great, it's user friendly and easy to navigate. It provides links for people to share their messages of support and (my favorite part) to the Serve.gov website. Serve.gov is great as well, you can type in your zip code and find out what the opportunities in your area are to get involved with supporting the military within your own community. You can initiate your own project to help support the military and gain support within your community. I love the options that are available.... I can only hope that people will take advantage of these sites and find ways to get involved.

I have my doubts because we all too often here "well, they volunteered" which, obviously I know... but I hate the meaning behind it. They volunteered, so why should I care... so why should they get special treatment... so why should I pay for their healthcare...! I think each of us military spouses have complained about the same topic in one way or another. All the same... this attitude is the same reason why I'm apprehensive about Joining Forces. Still, I'll remain hopeful that these program will inspire someone to get involved that wasn't so moved before.


Erin said...

I agree with you. Though it's a great idea, I don't really believe anything will come of it.

When my hubs was deployed Mrs. Obama made a big speech about how she was dedicated to military families and was going to get the whole country involved in supporting us... Well, that was 1.5 years ago and so far, nothing she has done or said has motivated anyone. At least, not near us. :(

But I really hope we are both wrong. :)

Hannah said...

They volunteered so I can volunteer too. It is the least I can do.

As an Army Brat I'm excited to start getting involved with our local Fischer House and I've been trying to get some friends of mine to help support too. It sometimes feels like the only people who care are the ones that are affected.

We're all affected - soldiers and their families "volunteer" to save our lives.