FLOTUS Pool Report # 1

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Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 01:53 PM
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Subject: Re: Pool reports

Here is the print pool report:

Beautiful sunny spring day here in Silver Spring, Md.

The First Lady and Dr. Biden arrived at the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center at 1:13 p.m. The visit was part of a four-year-old Joining Forces initiative to raise awareness of veterans issues. The center provides support to troops, vets and families.

They were greeted in the lobby by Wayne Miller, 64, the facility’s team leader and a wounded Vietnam veteran who lost his left leg to a mortar round. “We make vet centers like their home,” Wayne said, speaking of clients and the drawings on the walls and other decorations.

The facility has a staff of six serves about 500 people each month, which includes family members. It primary covers Montgomery County but also serves people from around the D.C. metro area. Miller said the center does a lot of outreach to county government, schools, veteran service groups and schools.

The First Lady and Dr. Biden were then taken into the office of Tamia Barnes, the center’s marital family therapist who discussed treatment programs.

The First Lady commented that some parents may feel more comfortable taking about issues through their children, asked questions about post-traumatic stress disorder education, and highlighted the center’s “state-of-the-art” facilities.

The two then were taken into a small conference room. Five (5) Vet Center clients were seated around the table along with Miller. Dr. Biden told the group she has spent the past six years traveling the nation speaking with military families with the First Lady and thanked them.

The First Lady told the group she had come to the center to shine a light on the available services and asked that they tell her about any changes that need to be made.

“There are a lot of veterans who don’t know these resources exist and that is what we want to change,” the First Lady said.

The press corps was escorted out of the room around 1:30 p.m. and was not able to hear any comments by the center clients. The First Lady and Dr. Biden stayed to speak privately with the group.

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