“I promised on the campaign trail that we would re-launch Joining Forces on day one,” said Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, during a transition team announcement Jan. 14.
Joining Forces is the nationwide effort Biden founded with former first lady Michelle Obama to support Service members, veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. With the appointment of Executive Director of Joining Forces, Rory Brosius, the first lady’s office will be ready on day one to begin serving and supporting military families, according to a Biden-Harris Transition news release.
“The incoming Biden-Harris administration has a bold vision for our country that will build our nation back better than before. These skilled, diverse and incredibly talented and committed appointees to the first lady’s Office will work tirelessly for American families. I am proud to have them join our White House team,” said incoming Chief of Staff to the first lady, Julissa Reynoso.
Speaking to the organizations that have committed to assist Joining Forces, Biden said this can be an incredibly powerful collaboration.
“It’s great to see so many familiar faces. This has been an incredible time for Joe and me, and the weight and responsibility of the trust the people have given us is exciting, and I’m ready to get to work with all of you,” Biden said.
“I am most proud of supporting caregivers and survivors, to the commitments we secured to better support military spouse jobs and education,” said Biden. “Serving this community has been an honor and privilege. When Michelle and I launched Joining Forces it gave us real insight on helping military family members and helped us shape our agenda. Now, we will build on what we learned during the Obama-Biden administration.”
Highlighting the importance of this initiative, Biden said that Brosius is joining the team as special assistant to the president. Brosius served as the military families engagement lead on the Biden-Harris Transition Team. During the Obama administration, Brosius was the Deputy Director of Joining Forces in the Office of the first lady. Earlier in her career, she also held roles as a civil servant with both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army.
More than a dozen organizations have committed to support Joining Forces, including Blue Star Families; Code of Support Foundation; Elizabeth Dole Foundation; Esposas Militares Hispanas USA; Military Child Education Coalition; Military Family Advisory Network; Military Officers Association of America; Military Spouse Advocacy Network; Modern Military Association of America; National Military Family Association; Secure Families Initiative; Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; and Wear Blue: Run to Remember.
“We’re going to do great work together,” Biden said.