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Michelle Obama Touts New Effort on Military PTSD, Brain Injuries

The White House/Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on Wednesday touted a new commitment by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to improve the health care delivered to military veterans and their families.

Their goal, they said in a statement, is to create a new generation of doctors, medical schools and research facilities capable of providing a quality of care “worthy of their sacrifice.”

Some 130 U.S. medical schools associated with the AAMC and AACOM had pledged their support.

“I’m inspired to see our nation’s medical schools step up to address this pressing need for our veterans and military families,” said Mrs. Obama in a statement.  “By directing some of our brightest minds, our most cutting-edge research, and our finest teaching institutions toward our military families, they’re ensuring that those who have served our country receive the first-rate care that they have earned.”

The two medical education groups say they will focus on developing new research and clinical trials for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries so that they can better understand and treat those conditions.  The group also plans to share the information and best practices they develop through a collaborative web forum.

“Medical schools have long recognized the sacrifice and commitment of our military, veterans, and their families,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  ”Because of our integrated missions in education, clinical care, and research, America’s medical schools are uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in this important effort.”

The project is part of the first lady’s Joining Forces initiative to support veterans and military families.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden Draw Boos at NASCAR Event

Larry Marano/WireImage(MIAMI) -- First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were grand marshals at Sunday’s NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, appearing as part of their charitable campaign to support military veterans and their families.

But their charitable cause wasn’t enough to prevent public fallout as they were introduced before the crowd.

ESPN video from the event documented loud boos from some in the stands as the announcer named Obama and Biden, seconds before they told drivers to start their engines.

The pair -- who co-chair the Joining Forces initiative -- stood beside retired Army Sgt. Andrew Barry and his family.  Barry was wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired from the military in 2009 and now volunteers at an Orlando, Fla., veterans center, the announcer said.  He received resounding applause.

A source traveling with the first lady downplayed the incident, telling ABC News there was no discernible booing during the “loud chaotic program with jets flying over and tons of noise.”

Before the race, the first lady addressed a barbeque for military families that NASCAR had invited to the event.

“Everyone around the country is focused on you.  And this isn’t just an effort today,” she said.  “Jill and I through Joining Forces, we want to make this a part of the dialogue in this country forever.  Whether Jill or I are here or not, whether this administration is here or not, this is about the way we want this country to talk about our troops, veterans and military families forever.  We want you to feel that appreciation and that gratitude so that you know your sacrifice is not in vain.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


First Lady, Vice President Getting Their Own Air Traffic Supervisor

The White House/Lawrence Jackson(WASHINGTON) -- It didn't take long for new rules to take effect after first lady Michelle Obama's plane was involved in what some deemed a close call with a military cargo jet on Monday.

The White House Boeing 737 carrying Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, had to abort a landing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland when it came within three miles of the huge C-17 that was touching down ahead of it.

As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration said that air traffic controllers will no longer handle flights when Mrs. Obama or the vice president are aboard.  That task now falls to an air traffic supervisor.

The rule applies to takeoffs and landings at Andrews as well as the regional air traffic facility in Warrenton, Virginia, where a controller mistakenly allowed Mrs. Obama's plane and the cargo jet to breach the five-mile mandated distance between aircraft.

All flights with President Obama on board are already handled by an air traffic supervisor.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


First Lady's Plane Aborts Landing, Investigation Underway

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An investigation is underway Wednesday to determine what precipitated air traffic controllers' allowing first lady Michelle Obama's plane to come too close to a military cargo plane, forcing it to abort its landing and rekindling some anxiety among the flying public.

The plane, carrying Obama and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden, eventually landed safely at Joint Base Andrews Monday, officials said. The incident is one of several recent mishaps involving air traffic controllers, including those in which controllers have been caught falling asleep and watching movies on the job.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were returning from making several appearances in New York Monday when air traffic controllers apparently allowed the planes to get too close to each other. The required separation is five miles, but controllers allowed the Boeing 737 that was carrying the two women to come within three miles of the giant C-17 military cargo plane, Federal Aviation Administration sources told ABC News.

The distance is important because large planes generate wake turbulence, the equivalent of two miniature tornadoes streaming off the plane. The rough air dangerously disrupts the plane behind it.

There was no panic caused by the incident and no emergency vehicles were called in. No one on the plane, including the first lady, was aware of the delay or the high-sky maneuvers, sources said.

There have been at least five reported incidents of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job in the last two months, which has prompted negotiations between the government and the controllers' union to change the way controllers are scheduled to work.

The FAA has acknowledged there is a widespread problem with fatigue among controllers and that the agency is taking steps to improve the situation, including an additional hour of rest and changing their schedules so they cannot work a three-day weekend.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Michelle Obama Drops by Baby Shower for Expectant Military Mothers-To-Be

The White House(JACKSONVILLE, N.C.) -- First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden attended a baby shower Wednesday for 40 pregnant Marine wives and their guests at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Bearing White House gifts -- monogrammed onesies and blankets for each expectant mother -- Mrs. Obama relayed her own struggles as a first-time mother.‪ ‬

“As a new mom, there are just an array of things that run through your head:  ‘What's this kid going to be like?  Will I get my shape back?  Will I ever sleep again?  What's a onesie? How does it work?’”

The first lady said that eventually the moms will learn that babies are resilient and that the community will help them.

“It’s nice to have a supportive community around you, especially new moms; to have other moms who have been there, because we all get through it.  They don't break.  I’ve come to know that babies are really resilient.  But it always helps to have a community around you."

The event Wednesday follows Tuesday’s launch of the administration’s national public awareness campaign, spearheaded by Mrs. Obama and Biden, to honor and support the nation’s military families.

Mrs. Obama said that events like a joint baby shower for all the new moms – who are without their husbands while they are deployed – shows that they are not really alone. She noted additionally the added stress that an expectant mother has being a military wife.

The first lady said that through their campaign they hope to help make the whole country gather around these mothers -- not just when they are expecting, but for years to come.

Martha Stewart, who led moms through a creative scrapbooking demonstration before the first and second lady arrived, donated white canvas bags full of creative scrapbooking paraphernalia.

‪Mrs. Obama said she enjoyed “every minute” of her pregnancy and hopes that these women will too. ‬

‪Later ‬Wednesday,‪ Mrs. Obama and Biden will visit the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, and will hold a military families event at Coors Field in Denver, Colo‬.‪, with Jessica Simpson.‬

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Team Up to Honor Military Families

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Pulling the weight of the administration out Tuesday in full force -- with speeches from President Obama, Vice President Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, and second lady Jill Biden, the administration launched a national public awareness campaign to honor and support the nation’s military families.

Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are spearheading the effort and will travel for two days across the country to speak in various communities and businesses about the campaign.

“We’re hitting the road.  Yes, Michelle and Jill on a road trip,” Mrs. Obama said from the East Room of the White House. “I think Jill is going to drive.  We’re going to be traveling throughout the country, celebrating the service of military families and the communities, and nonprofits and businesses and folks who support those families every day.”

The initiative, called Joining Forces, teams up with the Center for a New American Security, a nonpartisan institution focused on national security -- and will be guided by an advisory board, including retired General Stanley McChrystal and Patty Shinseki, the wife of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

“Today, my administration is working to implement nearly 50 specific commitments to improve the lives of military families -- everything from protecting families from financial scams to improving education for military kids and spouses, to stepping up our fight to end homelessness among veterans,” President Obama touted. “ And as Commander-in-Chief, I’m not going to be satisfied until we meet these commitments.”

As part of the effort the administration will bring together some of the nation’s well-known names and brands to help.

NASCAR, Walmart and Major League Baseball will be creating public service announcements featuring Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, among others to bring awareness to the military families needs and talents.

In employment the initiative will aim to help connect military spouses and veterans to new jobs to advance their careers. In education, the initiative will help military children thrive in the classroom and make it easier for military spouses to continue their education. There’s also an emphasis on mental health and wellness, hoping to “remind the nation” of the support that veteran and military families need.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 


Obama: Community Colleges Are the 'Unsung Heroes'

Photo Courtesy -- The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes” of the nation’s education system, President Obama convened the first White House Summit on Community Colleges Tuesday, led by 17-year community college professor Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

“They may not get the credit they deserve, they may not get the same resources as other schools, but they provide a gateway to millions of Americans to good jobs and a better life,” the president said of the nation’s community colleges from the East Room summit, “These are places where young people can continue their education without taking on a lot of debt.  These are places where workers can gain new skills to move up in their careers.”

The president has set the goal that by 2020 America will once again lead the world in producing college graduates. Tuesday he said that community colleges play an important part of that goal, hoping to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years.

The president added that he is asking his economic advisory board to reach out to employers across the country to come up with new ways for businesses and community colleges to work together emphasizing its importance in reaching that reaching the 2020 goal.

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