Every year as part of the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden's #JoiningForces initiative, we host a holiday workshop with military children. This year the little ones got to decorate their very own holiday sugar cookie and package up some caramel popcorn to bring him to their families. The look on their faces never gets old!
—White House Chef Comerford giving you a behind-the-scenes look at #WHHolidays. #12DaysOfTakeovers
As a social worker and the wife of a Marine veteran, the work of #JoiningForces is incredibly personal to me. That's why since coming to the White House almost two years ago, some of my favorite moments have been joining the First Lady and Dr. Biden as they met with service members, veterans, and their families. No matter where we go, we always see vets and military families giving back to their communities. New Orleans is no different. We're headed there today because the city joined the First Lady's call to mayors to end veteran homelessness, and a network of veterans, service members, and their families stepped up immediately to help. #HonoringVets -Rory
We know the work is not over. There are still many veterans and families who are struggling with injuries like traumatic brain injury who may not be homeless right now, but need community and supportive housing to thrive."
Working in New Orleans, Dylan founded Bastion Community of Resilience to help his fellow #Vets find homes. Dylan has spent nearly his entire career helping build supportive communities. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the State Department. In 2005, he moved to New Orleans to manage the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina. He then went on to join Military.com to assist transitioning military personnel and wounded warriors begin new careers in the civilian workforce. Today, in his role with Bastion, Dylan is working alongside the city to help house homeless veterans. It's folks like Dylan who are making sure that everyone who has served America has a home in America.
The First Lady just took the stage to celebrate New Orleans becoming the first city to successfully end veteran homelessness! We knew it would take a lot of hard work when the First Lady called on mayors to end veteran homelessness in 2014, but today, communities across the country are #HonoringVets by getting to zero just like NOLA.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing a major veterans and military spouse employment milestone during a Joining Forces 125,000th hire event at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, Aug. 22, 2012.
First Lady Michelle Obama greets people in the crowd at Kansas City Southern Railroad after delivering remarks during a Joining Forces Event in Shreveport, La., April 12, 2012.
If it's possible, First Lady Michelle Obama looks even sharper than usual in this plum short trench.
Sherman and Tammie Gillums look at their pictures with First Lady Michelle Obama as Mrs. Obama continues to greets guests at the Joining Forces Community Challenge event on the South Lawn of the White House, April 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)
The First Lady looks lovely as she dances in an orange dress with a pleated a-line skirt.
Choreographer Rosero McCoy teaches First Lady Michelle Obama and teen participants a dance during a Joining Forces event at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., April 12, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
In her quest to serve America's armed forces, the First Lady announced changes in the Family and Medical Leave Act to make it easier for family members to care for wounded veterans and service members.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the U.S. Department of Labor on new rules proposed to help caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, in Washington, D.C. Jan. 30, 2012. Mrs. Obama was joined on stage by Ms. RyAnne Noss, wife and caregiver of SFC Scot Noss, and Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.