Michelle Obama Rallies Hollywood in Support of Military Families

by Jessica Garcia 06/15/2011 09:21 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Monday Michelle Obama made a guest appearance in Los Angeles to rally the Hollywood troops in support of our nation’s military families.
 
In an event hosted by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and Writers Guild of America, Michelle Obama sat on a panel moderated by Super 8 director, J.J. Abrams, along with three members of military families and Army Wives creator Katherine Fugate.

The First Lady, together with Dr. Jill Biden, is encouraging the entertainment industry’s involvement in the Joining Forces campaign by including military families in our films, television programming and digital content.

 “I urge you to do what you do best: Be creative, funny, dramatic and move us.”

Joining Forces is an ongoing effort to highlight the unique needs and strengths of America’s military families. Special focus lies in the employment, education and wellness challenges the community encounters. The campaign aims to inspire, educate, and spark action from all sectors of our society to ensure veterans and military families have the opportunities, resources and support they have earned.
 
The entertainment industry’s current involvement in Joining Forces includes:

 - Public service spots featuring Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey and military families to air in July

 -An original song composed by Dianne Warren, to be sung by the music group Rascal Flatts, entitled Compass

 - A cameo by the First Lady on Nickelodeon’s program iCarly, whose lead character is the daughter of an American Service Member

Joining Forces is a great opportunity to inspire a new generation in Hollywood to tell new compelling, intelligent and heartfelt stories of our military troops.


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