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Michelle Obama to Speak to Military Spouses

Anita Kumar

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released details about Michelle Obama's visit to Norfolk tomorrow to speak to military spouses.

She will use her first visit to Virginia to talk about the challenges facing military families and how her husband, the presumptive Democratic nominee, plans to support them if he becomes president.

The campaign has ensured Obama will have a friendly crowd. The event is by invitation only.

"When our troops go to war, an entire family goes to war with them,'' Michelle Obama said in a statement. "As a working woman, I understand the juggling act that many women face each day, dealing with the responsibilities of family and career - and I also understand that there is an added burden when one spouse is away. Through these roundtable discussions, I want to provide a voice and a national platform for an often unnoticed group of men and women whose families are serving our country each day."

On Wednesday, the campaign will launch "Blue Star Families for Obama," a national military families council that will advise the Obamas on issues facing military families and coordinate with the campaign in planning events with military families around the country.

During the primary season, Michelle Obama held roundtable discussions with working women across the country to discuss issues including the balance between work and family balance.

In more recent weeks she has spoken with military spouses in Fort Bragg, N.C. and Hopkinsville, Ky. In Norfolk, she will be joined by Capt. Paul Bucha, a Vietnam War veteran, former President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 5, 2008; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President  
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