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Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Event

The White House

Office of the First Lady

Minnesota Air National Guard Hangar
Minneapolis, Minnesota

3:59 P.M. CDT

MRS. OBAMA:  Well, first of all, let me make sure you guys know that everything that we’re doing with Joining Forces wouldn’t happen without Brad.  He is the person on the ground making a lot of this stuff happen.  So, yes — (applause.)  And he’s so much fun to hang out with.  (Laughter.)

But I want to thank you all, first of all, for taking the time.  I know that hanging out with the First Lady is never just an easy thing to do.  But it is so important to shine a spotlight on the work that you all are doing, and that’s really what Joining Forces is all about.  I mean, we know that we live in a grateful nation, and that people, when asked, will step up on behalf of our families.  But I know you guys don’t always do the asking, because, first of all, you’re just trying to get through it.  You’re proud, you’re brave.  So Jill and I are doing the asking on your behalf. 

And we have just been amazed at how organizations and businesses and individuals are stepping in ways large and small.  And what we try to do, in addition to encouraging more organizations, more individuals to do good things, is to highlight the great work that’s happening already and was happening long before Jill and I showed up on the scene.

And this state is one of the models because of so many of the things you all are doing.  And I want to make sure that the rest of the nation understands how you work as a state, how your organizations come together, the needs of our military families and how organizations can serve them.

So you’re doing me a favor.  You’re educating me, but you’re also educating the nation.  So I do want you all to relax and to just tell your story.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  But you’re doing the service for the rest of the military families and organizations out there

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