The “Joining Forces” page on WhiteHouse.gov is no longer there. Is this program being discontinued under President Trump?
Created in 2011 by former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, “Joining Forces” had the mission to work, advocate for, and raise awareness of the obstacles and difficulties military families face.
When using the search string “Joining Forces” on the official White House website, no hits appear that are related to the “Joining Forces” initiative.
According to Military Times, “Joining Forces” had received “1.25 million hiring commitments for veterans and military spouses from its corporate partners. It also has helped broker legislation enabling spouses to transfer certifications across all 50 states.” Other highlights included more than 100 colleges training future educators on the needs of military children, 35 communities committing to reducing veteran homelessness, and a campaign “to raise awareness for mental health issues affecting the military community.”
It will remain to be seen whether or not the new President will support the program in the future. However, right now, it seems that the future of the program is in jeopardy. The Trump administration’s issues include “Making Our Military Strong Again” with no mention of “Joining Forces.”
Right now, we need more help for our Veterans, not less.
Is this no longer a priority?
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