From: Cook, David
Sent: Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:35 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: Out of Town Pool Report #2 --White House Background on USO/Joining Forces Event
Here is some background from WH official on the USO/Joining Forces Event
Tonight's USO-Joining Forces comedy show is part of the 5th Anniversary of the First Lady and Dr. Biden's Joining Forces initiative. Joining Forces was launched in 2011 to support our servicemembers, veterans, and their families through concrete opportunities in employment, education, and wellness. The First Lady and Dr. Biden kicked off the anniversary on Monday with an appearance on The Voice. On Tuesday, they visited Fort Leonard Wood, one of the largest Army training facilities and bases in the country. At the base, they met with the Army's newest recruits and observed a portion of basic training. They were also joined for story time with military kids by astronaut Mark Kelly and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. That evening, Mrs. Obama made a guest appearance on an episode of NCIS. Earlier today, the First Lady and Dr. Biden were joined by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to announce the latest employment numbers coming out of Joining Forces. In the last 5 years, through Joining Forces efforts, companies have hired or trained over 1.2 million veterans and military spouses. On Sunday, the First Lady will join Prince Harry to kick off the Invictus Games in Orlando. Later in the week, Dr. Biden will close the games.