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First Lady, Dr. Biden Mark Third Anniversary of Joining Forces

April 25, 2014—This April, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are celebrating the third anniversary of Joining Forces, a national initiative to support America’s service members and military families before, during and after deployment.  As a part of Joining Forces, more than 100 medical schools around the country have signed a pledge committing to mobilize their integrated missions in education, research, and clinical care to train our nation's physicians to meet the health care needs of the military and their families.

Coinciding with the anniversary, the First Lady April 14 highlighted the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s GI Bill Comparison Tool to help veterans “estimate tuition and fees, housing allowance and book stipends for each school. The Comparison Tool also provides important information on GI Bill beneficiary enrollment numbers, graduation rates, loan default rates, median borrowing levels, and whether or not the school participates in the Yellow Ribbon program or adheres to the Principles of Excellence.”

The administration April 23 announced a new website that helps veterans and service members transition to civilian jobs. The new Online Veterans Employment Center “helps simplify the job search process by providing a single website which brings together the most important online career tools within government.” The website is a collaboration between the Department of Defense, Labor, and VA, as well as the Office of Personnel Management and Small Business Administration.

Over the past three years, AAMC and its member institutions have supported the Joining Forces Wellness campaign through AAMC’s iCollaborative and Joining Forces Wellness Weeks.  Most recently, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., sent an April 18 comment letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) urging the inclusion of military service connections in certified electronic health records [see Washington Highlights, April 18].


Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116


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