Expect to see more movies and television programs that focus on military families. First Lady Michelle Obama Monday encouraged Hollywood to foster storylines that reveal the challenges those families face during service deployments. During her visit, the First Lady also got to work on the set of a popular cable show.
During a panel discussion in Beverly Hills, Mrs. Obama told more than a hundred Hollywood insiders that as she traveled the campaign trail with her husband a few years ago, she learned plenty about the hardships military spouses and their children face.
“The average military kid has moved six times in their lives," said Mrs. Obama. "You think about what it takes for a family to reengage with one another after deployment. It takes a while to reconnect and then you turn around and they have to be deployed again.”
Scenarios like that inspired Mrs. Obama and the vice president's wife Dr. Jill Biden to launch an effort called “Joining Forces." The two-month-old initiative directs attention to the concerns of military families.