Jill Biden calls caring for military families a 'national security imperative' during West Coast trip to relaunch Joining Forces

 Jill Biden called caring for military families a 'national security imperative' during a stop on her two-day West Coast tour ahead of her relaunch of Joining Forces. 

'We certainly never imagined how a global pandemic might affect circumstances, ranging from access to childcare to having a safe place to live, to keeping food on your table, to building a career. The men and the women of our armed forces can't be at their best when they are worried that their families are struggling,' the first lady said during a stop at Naval Air station Whidbey Island in Washington state.

'That's why this isn't just, you know, a nice thing to do. It's a national security imperative,' she added.

Biden is restarting Joining Forces, the successful initiative for military families that she and Michelle Obama began during the Obama administration. She will formally relaunch it later this year, according to her office. 

Jill Biden gets a tour of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as part of her relaunch of Joining Forces

Jill Biden gets a tour of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as part of her relaunch of Joining Forces

The first lady got a closeup look at a US Navy EA-18G 'Growler' electronic warfare attack warcraft with its tail painted red with the Scorpions logo

The first lady got a closeup look at a US Navy EA-18G 'Growler' electronic warfare attack warcraft with its tail painted red with the Scorpions logo

Jill Biden walks with Tanya Durand, right, executive director of the Children's Museum of Tacoma, as part of her tour of military bases ahead of her Joining Forces relaunch

Jill Biden walks with Tanya Durand, right, executive director of the Children's Museum of Tacoma, as part of her tour of military bases ahead of her Joining Forces relaunch

'Michelle and I launched our Joining Forces initiative - a nation wide initiative to support our service members, veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. And we focused on three areas, employment, education, and wellness,' she noted during her stop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Biden is on a two day tour of military bases in Washington state and California as part of its kick off campaign, where her office said she will meet with military families to learn about their needs. 

The first lady has made military families, children and education her priorities in her first six weeks in her new role. She has hit the ground running, holding virtual events with military children around the world, and making solo trips to promote her issues, including visiting a cancer center in Richmond, Va., and schools that have reopened in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  

During her first stop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, she joked she was still on East Coast time and had been up since 4:30 am.

But, she added, she enjoyed watching the sunrise come up over the mountains - Mount Rainier and the Cascade Range are in the Tacoma area where the first lady spent the night. 

Accompanied by Governor Jay Inslee, she visited a children's museum for military families where she saw several exhibits designed to stimulate a child's sense.

She saw the Invention Space which included the spaceship crawl jungle, which is a play structure with slides rimmed with LED lights, and a sensory room with water exhibits.

And then she saw the Calm Room, a quiet space for children with disabilities. A staff member explained they have a large amount of children on the autism spectrum, one of the largest amounts in the country, at the base.

Jill Biden views a water activity table at the new children's museum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington

Jill Biden views a water activity table at the new children's museum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington

Jill Biden called caring for military families a 'national security imperative'

Jill Biden called caring for military families a 'national security imperative'


Her next stop was Naval Air Station Whidbey Island - a naval air station in Oak Harbor, on Whidbey Island, in Island County, Washington. 

She got a closeup look at a US Navy EA-18G 'Growler' electronic warfare attack warcraft. The jet tail was painted red with the insignia of the 'Scorpions' squadron. 

She also watched a Navy helicopter fly by with the mountains visible in the distance. 

On Wednesday she will visit Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.

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