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Raising the Bar: The One Year Anniversary of Joining Forces

In its first year, Joining Forces has helped translate the gratitude of millions of Americans into service in support of our troops and their families

Over the past 12 months First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have encouraged an entire nation to commit to honoring and serving military families as they have served us. As Dr. Biden has said: “while troops serving our nation may be only 1 percent of the population, we want to make sure that 100 percent of Americans are supporting them.”

While the primary focus of the first year has been to increase employment opportunities and to promote improved care for service members, veterans, and their families, we've also had a lot of fun meeting with the families of our brave troops and been inspired by the courage and sacrifice of so many proud Americans.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Joining Forces, we've put together a slideshow that chronicles the journey -- check it out: 

See the full photo gallery here.