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Joining Forces addresses the needs of military children


Thursday, August 23, 2012
For children of military service members, school poses some unique challenges. As parents move from one post to the next, kids may have trouble making friends or fall behind in their school work. Older students transferring between high schools may find the college preparation process especially problematic.

The White House’s Joining Forces initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden, seeks to address some of the issues that military children face on a regular basis. Joining Forces encourages all sectors of society, including business, health care and education, to come together to provide military families with the support and opportunities they have earned in their service to this country, according to the White House’s Web site.

Through the initiative, schools can receive help to ensure that the academic needs of military children are being addressed. This may include making sure that a student can secure a seat in a specific course or that the student has taken all the required tests. Especially important is making sure all the student’s academic records transfer to each school the student attends.

Joining Forces also supports colleges and universities that wish to expand opportunities for military-connected students, whether they are the sons and daughters of military members or veterans themselves.

During recent remarks at the Mayport Naval Station in Mayport, Florida, Mrs. Obama said the impact of Joining Forces can be seen in communities across the nation. Among those affected are "military kids whose teachers finally understand what they’re going through," she said.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800847725-ADNFCR

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