Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, an annual even honoring the many contributions made by the spouses of U.S. military personnel to keep our nation’s armed forces strong.
In recognition of the occasion, First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with The Pentagon Channel yesterday at the White House for an exclusive interview simulcast on Pentagon Web Radio’s DoD New Media here on BlogTalkRadio.
“I just saw the results of a recent survey done by Blue Star Families that shows that 94 percent of military families feel as if the country doesn’t understand their challenges,” Mrs. Obama tells host Liz Murray. “That’s a pretty powerful statement.”
“We’re seeing a 2.9 percent increase in salary for our [service- members] to ensure that we’re retaining and attracting new numbers of individuals who want to be part of the military forces and feel like they can build a life as a result,” she adds.
“In terms of our spouses, the administration is investing $80 million just for career development and training for spouses, which is critical.”
To hear the First Lady’s full interview, click here.