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  • Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum

    Fort Campbell
    Campbell, Kentucky

    11:35 A.M. CDT

    MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you, guys.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Good morning.  And it is truly a pleasure for me to be here today. 

    I want to start by thanking Sergeant Wanless for that very kind introduction, and, more importantly, for his service to our country both in and out of uniform.  I also want to recognize my dear friend and outstanding partner in Joining Forces, Dr. Jill Biden.  Jill, it has just been an extreme pleasure to work with you on this issue.  She is smart.  She is funny.  She is beautiful.  And she cares a lot about what you all are going through.  So I am so grateful for her friendship and her support. 

    I also want to recognize our fabulous First Lady of Kentucky, Jane Beshear, who is here with her handsome grandson -- straight-A student, fifth grade.  And she has just been an amazing, passionate champion for our military families.  So we are grateful for your service, and we’re honored to have you here today.

    I’d also like to thank Major General McConville, as well as Command Sergeant Major Smith for their commitment and leadership here at Fort Campbell.

    And finally, most of all, I want to thank our soldiers and, more importantly, your fantastic spouses, right?  Because, quite frankly, you couldn’t be here if they weren’t by your side.  I want to thank you all for your service and for taking the time to join us here today -- although I know that you didn’t exactly have a choice about being here since this is your mandatory place of duty.  And as I understand it, usually, when you’re called to a mandatory place of duty, it’s because we need you to carry out some kind of mission for our country. 

    Well, today it’s different.  Today, you’re here for yourselves.  And your mission is your future.  And that’s what this summit is all about -- it is about a transformational shift across the military in how we think about your careers. 

    See, we’ve always done an outstanding job in preparing you to succeed during your time in uniform.  And that’s why our military is second to none.  But most of you aren’t going to spend your entire careers in the military.  And for some of you, that transition to civilian life doesn’t always go as smoothly as it should. 

    Our servicemembers haven’t always had the time or the information that they need to prepare for civilian life -- things like getting your resumes together, plotting your career goals, taking the time to meet with employers to get access to the jobs that you all deserve.  And that’s simply not acceptable. 

    As my husband has said, when you have fought for this country around the world, you should not have to fight for a job when you return home. 

    And that’s why the Army has adopted the new Soldier for Life initiative, so that now, starting on the day you join the service -- on the very day you join -- we’re already going to be planning for the day you leave.  And we won’t just be investing in your success as soldiers, but we’re going to be investing in your future as civilians -- as employers and as employees, as entrepreneurs, as leaders who will contribute to this country for the rest of your lives.

    And today, I’m thrilled to announce that every branch of the military will soon be taking this very same new approach.  That means that every member of our Armed Forces will start preparing for their transition in advance.  They’re going to start -- yes.  (Applause.)  We won’t wait for the last day.  So that means you’re going to start very early drafting resumes.  You’re going to start ahead of time attending job fairs and summits like this one here today.  And you’re going to start applying for college if you want to go to college.  And you’ll be doing all of this months before you hang up your uniforms.  

    And starting today, every servicemember, every veteran, and every military family member will have access to a new online tool that will revolutionize how you find jobs in both the public and private sectors.  All you have to do is log on to ebenefits.va.gov.  When you get to the website, you click on to “employment center,” and then you just type in your M.O.S.  And within seconds, that website will translate that M.O.S. into a list of civilian skills, and it will tell you what careers you’re qualified for.   You can also see which of those jobs are actually available where you’ll be living.  And with a few more clicks, you can make your resume visible to the employers who are on that site.  It is very simple.  I have seen it myself.  It is truly an amazing tool that will make your lives better. 

    The website will also show the companies here -- which companies have actually made commitments to hire veterans and spouses.  And it will give you information about all kinds of things -- things like your higher education benefits.  It will show you all of your earned benefits in one place -- everything from career counseling to the GI Bill.  You can sort of consider this like your personal transition toolbox, and it’s something that will be right there for you on your computers.

    And for all of the companies that are out there, not just here but out there around the country, through this tool, you’ll have access -- direct access to some of America’s most qualified employees that you will ever meet.  All you have to do is log in, and you’ll see which veterans, which servicemembers and spouses have the skills you need in the communities where you need them.  And then you can contact them instantly, directly right then and there.  This tool is amazing.  You can also see, as employers, which hiring centers are available to you as an employer, from direct financial incentives to job training for employees.  It is all right there at your fingertips.

    So with this website, we’re going to be connecting veterans, servicemenbers and your families to the jobs and educational opportunities that you’ve earned.  And we’re doing this well before you leave the service. 

    And all of that is our responsibility to you.  It is our obligation to you.  That’s our job.  Your responsibility is to take full advantage of these opportunities.  We need you all to get out there and sell yourselves.  We need you to tell these schools and employers about everything you’ve achieved during your time in the Army.

    And I know that request might be a little counterintuitive for many of you, because I know they don’t exactly teach you how to self-promote in the military.  Instead, you’ve been focused on completing the mission.  You’ve been focused on being there for your fellow soldiers.

    Well, today, we need you start thinking and talking about yourselves for a change.  And that’s going to take a little transition for you personally.  It may be a little scary to talk about yourself.  But I have met so many of you over the course of these three years working with Joining Forces.  I have met with so many amazing military spouses and veterans.  You all have done incredible things, so don’t be afraid to brag a little bit about yourselves -- and smile every once in a while, too.  (Laughter.) 
    I have worked in every sector out there.  I have worked in government, I’ve worked in corporate America, I’ve worked in non-profits.  And I can tell you from my own experience that if you want to get a job, then you can’t be modest about your qualifications.  You have to be willing to sell yourself.  But you all are qualified for so much, for any number of jobs. 

    You have got world-class training in everything from logistics to risk management to intelligence analysis.  You’ve learned about leadership.  You know about team building.  You know about working with folks from all different backgrounds.  And all of these skills, trust me, are in high demand in today’s workplaces.  Anyone out there would be lucky to have you on their team.  That’s why folks are here -- because they know who you are, they know what you have to offer.  And that’s really another reason why we’re all here today. 

    You see, these summits aren’t just an investment in your futures.  They’re an investment in our country’s future, as well.  Because when employers can hire top talent like all of you, that makes our businesses stronger, and that in turn makes our entire economy stronger.  And you don’t have to take my word for it.  Just listen to what happened at the summit that we held back in February at Fort Bliss -- same summit.

    Employers there took more than 700 resumes over the course of that time, and made more than 100 job offers on the spot on that day.  And that’s just a tiny fraction of all the hires that we’ve seen since we launched Joining Forces just three years ago.

    Back when we launched this initiative, we called on companies to step up and hire as many of you as possible.  We hoped we’d meet the President’s goal of getting people to commit 100,000 jobs in two years.  And we thought that that was ambitious.  But the truth is, we met that goal -- and we met it in just one year.  That’s how responsive employers to that request.  (Applause.)  That’s how ready and willing they are to step up and support you.  And today, as we celebrate the third anniversary of Joining Forces, that number has risen to 540,000 jobs.  That’s over half a million jobs in just three years.  (Applause.)  

    And as Jill said, we are not stopping there.  Today, I’m pleased to announce that Capital One, in partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, has secured commitments from over 300 small and medium-sized businesses to hire 55,000 veterans and military spouses.  (Applause.)  UPS is doubling their commitment from 25,000 to 50,000 jobs.  (Applause.)  Xerox will be hiring 10,000 veterans and spouses.  And they just launched an initiative called Heroes@Home, which will allow folks to telework from their own homes.  So that’s a good thing.  We are so proud.  (Applause.) 

    And today, more than 100 companies have come to this base.  And they’re all here for just one reason -- because they want to hire you.  So make no mistake about it:  We’ve got your backs.  We do.  Because we know what your service has meant to this nation. 

    Just think about the history of this very base.  As you all know, Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Screaming Eagles, the Band of Brothers who served in World War II -- (applause) -- and were later sent by President Eisenhower to help integrate Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas.  And I know that many of us will never forget the images of those soldiers facing down an angry mob so that those nine young men and women –- and, quite frankly, all of our children -- could get the education they deserve.  And we’ll never forget your service in the decades since then.  In fact, the 101st is still serving bravely today as we speak in Afghanistan.  They are there now. 

    And you all have survived some of the toughest battles, risking your lives time and again to preserve our most fundamental rights and freedoms.  So here’s the beauty of that:  I know you can handle the pressure of a job interview with Xerox or UPS.  That is nothing.  I know you all can thrive in any classroom, in any business. 

    And ultimately, that’s really what today is all about.  It’s about ensuring that you all can keep contributing to this nation.  And it’s about making sure that we serve all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America.  You all deserve nothing less. 

    So thank you.  Thank you so much for your service.  Thank your spouses for their service and sacrifice.  Thank you to our veterans for just being a shining light of what America is supposed to be. 

    God bless you all.  And I look forward to seeing everything that you achieve in the months and years ahead.  We need you out there.  So go get the job. 

    Thank you so much.  (Applause.) 

    11:51 A.M. CDT

  • Obama Administration Launches Online Veterans Employment Center: One-Stop-Shop Connects Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and their Spouses to Employers

    One-Stop-Shop Connects Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and their Spouses to Employers

    At today’s anniversary celebration of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the launch of a new integrated employment tool to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.  The Veterans Employment Center, an integrated, online tool connecting veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses with both public and private-sector employers, is the result of an interagency effort to improve, simplify and consolidate the current array of employment resources for veterans.  Additionally, this will provide one comprehensive database of resumes for employers who are seeking to leverage the skills and talents of veterans, service members, and their spouses.

    “Our service members haven’t always had the time or information they needed to prepare their resumes, to plot their career goals, to meet with employers and get the jobs they deserve. And that’s simply not acceptable,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “As my husband has said, when you’ve fought for this country around the world, you shouldn’t have to fight for a job when you return home.  Starting today, every single service member, every veteran, and every military family will have access to a new online tool that will revolutionize how you find jobs in both the public and private sectors.  All you have to do is log on to ebenefits.va.gov.”

    “Veterans deserve an authoritative source for connecting with employers,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The online Veterans Employment Center is the single, federal source for veterans looking for new career opportunities, service members transitioning to the civilian workforce, and spouses and beneficiaries looking to connect with job opportunities.”

    The new online resource, called the Veterans Employment Center, is the first interagency tool to bring a wealth of public and private job opportunities, a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources together in one place.  In connection with the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, the Department of Veterans Affairs worked with employers, the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and the Office of Personnel Management to design and develop the site and incorporate features of existing online employment tools within government.

    The result is an integrated solution providing veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses with the tools they need to connect to employers. With this tool, employers will be able to search and view Veteran, Service Member, and spouse resumes in one comprehensive location. 

    "Our service members transitioning to civilian life, as well as their spouses, deserve the resources they need to be successful," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. "Through this effort, they are getting that help. Our troops and their spouses are proven leaders, highly-skilled and hard-working. Employers hiring them are getting the best this nation has to offer."

    “Improving veterans’ employment is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. “With more than 1 million service members projected to leave the military in the coming years, the Veterans Employment Center, along with the wealth of services the Department of Labor offers through its 2,500 American Job Centers, will connect our veterans and service members with both public and private sector employers eager to hire those with military experience.”

    “OPM’s USAJobs program is excited to be partnering with the VA on making this a robust tool for our nation's veterans and transitioning service members seeking Federal employment,” said OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta. “It has been more than four years since President Obama established the Veterans Employment Initiative and, in that time, the Executive Branch of Government hired the highest percentage of military veterans in more than 20 years – of the 195,000 new employees hired in FY 2012, approximately 56,000 were veterans, equaling 28.9 percent of total hires. We can continue to honor and show our appreciation for the dedicated and heroic service of America’s veterans by ensuring that they have every opportunity to continue their service to this great nation as Federal civilian employees. The Veterans Employment Center helps us honor these men and women by making employment opportunities available when our servicemen and women lay down their uniforms.”

    The Veterans Employment Center will provide employers with access to a targeted pool of resumes from veterans and transitioning service members, allowing them to search resumes to identify veterans with skill sets applicable to civilian employment at their organization, and to track progress towards reaching their veteran hiring goals.  Resumes are visible to all employers with an active LinkedIn or Google profile.  To prevent spam, an applicant’s name and email address are redacted and only visible to employers verified by the VA as registered companies with the IRS.  The site is also built using open data and an open application programming interface to attract private-sector innovation.

    Joining Forces is a national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. In addition, Dr. Biden launched the Military Spouse Employment Partnership in June 2011 with just under 60 companies. Today, Dr. Biden announced there are 228 partner employers, more than 1.8 million jobs posted on the MSEP Career Portal and more than 60,000 military spouse hires.

    The Veterans Employment Center can be found at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs

    For a tutorial video on how to use the Veterans Employment Center, please visit:


  • Statement by the Press Secretary on South Sudan

    We are horrified by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with rebel leader Riek Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week in Bentiu.  Images and accounts of the attacks shock the conscience: stacks of bodies found dead inside a mosque, patients murdered at a hospital, and dozens more shot and killed in the streets and at a church -- apparently due to their ethnicity and nationality -- while hate speech was broadcast on local radio.  Bulldozers have buried the dead in mass graves, and the number of people seeking protection at the United Nations camp in Bentiu has grown from 8,000 to more than 22,000 in only two weeks.  We are equally appalled by the armed attack last week at the UN Mission in South Sudan site in Bor that killed at least 48 civilians and injured dozens more.

    These acts of violence are an abomination.  They are a betrayal of the trust the South Sudanese people have put in their leaders.  This is exactly the violence and suffering the South Sudanese people fought for decades to escape.  Both President Kiir and Riek Machar must make clear that attacks on civilians are unacceptable, perpetrators of violence on both sides must be brought to justice, and the cycle of violence that has plagued South Sudan for too long must come to an end.

  • Statement by the President on the Mudslide Devastation in Washington State

    Oso Firehouse
    Oso, Washington

    4:13 P.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon, everybody.  I just had a chance to tour some of the damage from last month’s mudslide.  And, most importantly, I had a chance to spend some time with the families whose loved ones have been lost.  I also had a chance to thank some of the amazing first responders, the firefighters, police officers, search and rescue crews, and members of the Washington National Guard who have been working around the clock to help this community recover from this devastating incident.

    Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Congresswoman DelBene, Congressman Larsen, and the rest of the elected officials who are here, they’ve been relentless in making sure that Oso had the resources that it needs.  And from the day of the tragedy, I’ve instructed my team to make sure that they get what they need to make sure that the search and rescue mission is going forward the way it should.

    A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team was on the ground immediately after the mudslide, and a search and rescue team was deployed to help locate and recover victims.  We immediately approved an emergency declaration to provide additional resources to state and local responders.  And I followed that by approving a major disaster declaration to help residents and business owners rebuild, and to help state and local and tribal governments with emergency work. 

    Today, that work continues.  There are still families who are searching for loved ones.  There are families who have lost everything, and it’s going to be a difficult road ahead for them.  And that’s why I wanted to come here -- just to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you and have been throughout this tragedy. 

    We’re not going anywhere.  We’ll be here as long as it takes.  Because while very few Americans have ever heard of Oso before the disaster struck, we’ve all been inspired by the incredible way that the community has come together and shown the love and support that they have for each other in ways large and small. 

    Over the past month, we’ve seen neighbors and complete strangers donate everything from chainsaws to rain jackets to help with the recovery effort.  We’ve seen families cook meals for rescue workers.  We’ve seen volunteers pull 15-hour days, searching through mud up to 70 feet deep.  One resident said, “We’re Oso.  We just do it.”  That’s what this community is all about.  And I think the outstanding work of Sheriff Willy Harper here helping to coordinate all of this -- I was saying, he’s a pretty young sheriff, but he has shouldered this burden in an incredible way.  And we’re very, very proud of him, as we are of all the local responders. 

    This is family.  And these are folks who love this land, and it’s easy to see why -- because it’s gorgeous.  And there’s a way of life here that’s represented.  And to see the strength in adversity of this community I think should inspire all of us, because this is also what America is all about. 

    When times get tough, we look out for each other.  We get each other’s backs.  And we recover and we build, and we come back stronger.  And we’re always reminded that we’re greater together.  That’s how we’ll support each other every step of the way.

    I have to say that the families that I met with showed incredible strength and grace through unimaginable pain and difficulty.  Uniformly, though, they all wanted to say thank you to the first responders.  They were deeply appreciative of the efforts that everybody has made.  And I know that many of the first responders have heard that directly, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat that we’re very appreciative of what you’ve done.

    And I also want to say that some terrific lessons were learned in the midst of very hard times during this process, because almost uniquely, we had not just coordination between state, local and federal officials, but also coordination between volunteers and those officials.  And I know that it required some improvisation and some kinks getting worked out, but it was important for the family members themselves and the community themselves to be hands-on and participate in this process -- particularly a community like this one where folks are hearty and know how to do things, and take great pride in being self-reliant.  It was important that they weren’t just bystanders in this process, they were involved every step of the way.

    One last point I’ll make.  I’ve received a number of letters from residents -- either Darrington, or Arlington, or Oso itself -- over the last several weeks, and one in particular struck me.  It was from a firefighter who I may have met today; he didn’t identify himself.  But he pointed out how those who were operating the heavy machinery during this whole process did so with an incredible care and delicacy because they understood that this wasn’t an ordinary job, this wasn’t just a matter of moving earth; that this was a matter of making sure that we were honoring and respecting the lives that had been impacted.

    And two things were of note in that letter:  Number one, that this firefighter pointed out properly the incredible work that’s been done under very tough circumstances.  Number two, he was pointing out what others were doing, not what he was doing.  And to see a community come together like this and not be interested in who’s getting credit, but just making sure that the job gets done, that says a lot about the character of this place. 

    And so we’re very, very proud of all of you.  Michelle and I grieve with you.  The whole country is thinking about you.  And we’re going to make sure that we’re there every step of the way as we go through the grieving, the mourning, the recovery.  We’re going to be strong right alongside you. 

    Thank you very much.  God bless you.  God bless America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

    4:21 P.M. PDT