This morning, thanks to the generosity of our good friends and close partners, Blue Star Families, Mission Outdoors had the privilege to attend the 1st Anniversary Celebration of the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden's Initiative, Joining Forces. Despite the blustery April morning, it was a fantastic event and I had plenty of shivers down my spine, not from the wind, but from hearing about the many stories of strength and resiliency from our military and veteran community, including the families of our service members.
We are also very proud of our partners at Project Sanctuary, who were selected as one of the top five Joining Forces Community Partners of the Year this year.
Tom Brokaw and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, spoke along with the First Lady, Dr. Biden, and Moranda Hern, an Air Force Academy student who started the organization the Sisterhood of the Travelling BDUs.
It was a great morning and a strong reminder that military families and supporting troops are not a partisan issue. We can all do our part and at the Sierra Club are proud of the work we have done and will continue to do to ensure our military and veteran communities and families can all get outside to experience the freedom of the land they defended! It was also good to see so many old friends and meet new ones who are all working hard everyday to ensure that the sacrafices of our service members and their families is honored in meaningful ways by a country that welcomes our troops home!
Enjoy the photos of today's festivities on the White House lawn and we look forward to seeing you out on the trail!
~Stacy Bare, OIF Veteran
Military Families and Veteran Representative to the Sierra Club
"Helping America's Military and Veteran Community experience the freedom of the land they defend"