Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July Brought A Continued Wave of Support To Military Families From Both the First Lady and Dr. Biden

Back in April First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch the "Joining Forces" campaign. It's overall mission is designer to garner support and to honor the sacrifices being made by military families. It will spotlight their stories and experiences as it gives a voice to veterans, spouses and their children. The hope is that it will build bridges between the community at large and our military community.

Dr. Biden referred to them as "Gold Star" families. And that they are as many were gathered at the indoor cookout that was hosted at the National Guard Headquarters here in Washington, D.C. "My son, Beau, is a Captain in the Delaware Army National Guard and recently spent a year in Iraq, so I know well the challenges that Guard families face when their soldiers are away".

The bottom line here is that these ladies are using their star power to generate and encourage extra consideration for these families when it comes to employment, wellness and education. Everyday the odds are not necessarily in their favor. So it's clear that it is just the right thing for us as a country to be open to doing.

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