President Barack Obama has announced a series of new initiatives aimed at enhancing the physical and psychological health of military families.
Speaking Monday at a White House event with First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the president outlined nearly 50 commitments geared at enhancing education for military children, career opportunities for spouses, and providing child care during work hours.
Obama said the government-wide plans are to create opportunities, prevent suicide, and eliminate homelessness for those in the military.
"With millions of military spouses, parents and children sacrificing as well, the readiness of our armed forces depends on the readiness of our military families," he said. "As commander-in-chief, I am determined to do everything in my power to make sure that we are fulfilling that request from our troops, that we are taking care of their families."
The president said he often meets with service members who say their top concern is making sure their families are taken care of.
"Our armed forces, you and your families, have done everything you've been asked to do," Obama continued. "As a grateful nation we must do ours."
The Health and Human Services Department will also work with the Defense Department on programs on suicide prevention and treatment of psychological problems.
Mrs. Obama will appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show Jan. 27 to promote the new initiatives. She's also expected to meet that day with service members at Fort Jackson.