ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
Claiming that the administration is now “upping our game” President Obama today announced new initiatives to help support military families across the country that he said is not just a moral obligation, but a matter of national security.
“With millions of military spouses, parents and children sacrificing as well, the readiness of our armed forces depends on the readiness of our military families,” President Obama said from the East Room of the White House today, “As commander-in-chief, I am determined to do everything in my power to make sure that we are fulfilling that request from our troops, that we are taking care of their families.”
The administration released today the results of a government-wide presidential study directive to bring together resources of the federal government in support of military families.
“For those of you who aren't familiar with these presidential directives, these are reserved for some of the most important and complex national-security challenges,” Obama said, “since becoming President, I've only ordered about a dozen, including this one, which we believe is the first one ever on behalf of military families.”
The president’s cabinet present for the event today, have committed their departments and agencies to making military families “one of their highest priorities.”
“So, gang, you are all on the hook,” Obama said to his team, “We know where to find you and not only to fulfill these commitments, but to make sure that as we go forward, our military families are being heard across the government.”
The initiatives focus on putting a new emphasis on the quality of life for military families, the education and development of military children, redoubling efforts to help military spouses pursue their educations and careers, and increasing child care for our military moms and dads with young children. Mrs. Obama assured the crowd – made up of military families and service men and women – that this is not just a headline that will get buried.
“These are lasting commitments by the government to address your needs and concerns for years to come. And my hope is that these recommendations will live on no matter the president, no matter the party.”
On Thursday Mrs. Obama will travel to Columbia, SC to meet with service members and speak about this initiative at Fort Jackson.