The episode focuses on a “powerful story, powerful woman, powerful group of women who are coming together and helping one another. So we’re pretty excited about this as a vehicle for telling their story,” Obama said.
Marshall is evidence that many military families who face their own challenges “still find ways to serve others,” Obama said.
The show should also carry the message that strong, independent veterans might not ask for help and seek assistance, she said. Obama said she hadn’t seen the program in its finished version.
“So it’s incumbent upon us to not make them ask for help. And, hopefully, by watching this show, viewers will get some ideas in their heads of how they can come together, whether it’s as individuals, or as church groups, or as school groups, or as teachers or as employers” and find ways to help military families, she said.
The first lady is also seen on more familiar ground in the show, giving Pennington a tour of the White House grounds.
She and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, help lead Joining Forces, an initiative intended to increase public awareness and support of families of the men and women serving in the military.
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