Program aims to help military kids

Oct. 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, marked the first anniversary Wednesday of a program to help military families.

Universities in the "Joining Forces" program train future teachers to be responsive to the special needs of children from those families. Biden and first lady Michelle Obama started the initiative last year.

"As a military mom and as second lady, I have heard over and over from military families just how important it is that school be a supportive environment for children," Biden said. "Military children on average attend six to nine different school systems. Through each transition, they are faced with leaving their friends, and adjusting to new schools and new surroundings, all of which can affect a student's opportunity to achieve academic success.

"As a teacher, this issue is particularly close to my heart. Through Operation Educate the Educators, I know future educators across the country will be better prepared to make a difference in the life of a military child."

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