First Lady Michelle Obama played Easter Bunny last week, when she came bearing cookies from the White House to give to children at the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Even the Obama’s dog, Bo, got in on the fun – he wore a pair of bunny ears, much to the delight of the 19 families unhand for the visit. The facility acts as a refuge for veterans and their families as they receive medical care at the hospital, and is just one of 57 Fisher House facilities across the US.

“It is always one of my favorite things to do, to come to the Fisher House,” said Michelle. “This house is a home away from home for so many of our military families.”

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On April 11, 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will kick off a two-day tour celebrating the first anniversary of Joining Forces, their initiative to recognize, honor and serve military families. Since launching Joining Forces on April 12th, 2011, significant progress has been made to rally Americans around military families. Communities, businesses, schools, faith groups, non-profit organizations and individual Americans have made substantial commitments to show military families the support that they deserve. Through collaborative efforts with Joining Forces, these groups have helped thousands of veterans and military families find jobs, improved educational opportunities for military children, supported our nation’s wounded warriors and their caregivers, and honored our nation’s fallen. The Joining Forces two-day tour will highlight examples of organizations and companies that have made significant commitments to support military families.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the support they have earned. The initiative focuses on key priority areas – employment, education, and wellness — while raising awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of America’s veterans and military families.

On April 11, Michelle Obama will appear on The Colbert Report to discuss her Joining Forces initiative. Host Stephen Colbert has shown strong support for our troops, including bringing his show to Iraq, broadcasting special episodes to honor returning troops, performing at numerous USO events and getting a military-style hair cut to show his solidarity with those in uniform. Military families of troops deployed to Afghanistan will be a part of the audience.

More information is available at www.JoiningForces.gov.

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