Michelle Obama, Jill Biden Visit Maryland Veterans Center
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were shining a light on vet centers offering free counseling to military families while at an event in Silver Spring, Md Friday. (Photo: Twitter via Jacey Eckhart)
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are touring a veterans center in the Washington, D.C., area to highlight the need to support military members and their families.
Obama and Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, visited the Vet Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Friday as part of their ongoing Joining Forces initiative.
Obama told a small group of center staff and clients that the goal of the visit was to learn about the needs of service members and highlight the resources available to them.
"Every vet, every family member should know that there are places like this that feel like home, with people who are professional, that are trained, who know how to deal with any issue that you all encounter. So this time here today is really about the others who don't have access or don't know that these resources exist," said Mrs. Obama.
The center opened two years ago and provides services ranging from marriage and family counseling to sexual trauma therapy and bereavement support.