Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) attended an event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden marking the First Anniversary of the Joining Forces Initiative, a campaign to provide comprehensive support for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The First Lady, in collaboration with Dr. Biden, has spearheaded this nationwide effort that has had impressive results.
In her remarks, the First Lady acknowledged that thanks to this campaign more than 50,000 veterans and spouses have been hired over the past year. In addition, she confirmed that a number of businesses have pledged to hire 160,000 more persons in the coming years.
"Our military families deserve stable jobs and a decent standard of living. This is the least a grateful nation can do to honor its heroes. One of the most successful aspects of this initiative is the fact it establishes solid connections between the business community and the Armed Forces. I am excited to bring the optimistic message of "Joining Forces' to my constituency," commented Congressman Green.
Congressman Green also emphasized the importance of access and quality in health care for veterans. He commended the First Lady's efforts to ensure that nursing organizations, as well as nursing schools, train current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries.
"Sadly, a significant number of the troops returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have brain injuries or suffer from PTSD," Congressman Green said. "Making sure that our health professionals are well trained to treat these conditions is paramount in our effort to care for our heroes."
Congressman Green also stated he is planning to host an event in Houston to promote the partnership concept on which "Joining Forces' is based. "We will try to establish more and new channels of communication and cooperation between Houston's business community and our local veterans. I am sure that the positive outcomes that "Joining Forces' is delivering will inspire all parties to reflect on the extraordinary value that the members of our Armed Forces can bring to our workforce."