Obama announces broad new support for military families
January 24th, 2011
12:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama announces broad new support for military families

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday announced a government wide series of 50 programs and proposals to increase support for U.S. military families.

The 50 initiatives - including more counseling to prevent suicides, increased education grants and expanded child-care assistance - resulted from efforts by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to address concerns of military families.

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  1. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    While I agree with helping our men and woman in uniform, Obama should not be proposing ANYTHING new without also proposing HOW HE WILL PAY FOR IT. What would he propose be cut or who should be taxed to pay for it?

    It is just too easy to say you want to do nice things for people and then leave the dirty job of paying for it to somebody else. This has got to stop. We are broke!

    January 24, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    @Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA
    ["...Obama should not be proposing ANYTHING new without also proposing HOW HE WILL PAY FOR IT...]

    I'll be damn!! I am a tax payer and this is ONE thing that I feel SHOULD PASS and be PAID FOR!! If it was JUST for our soldiers – I would not mind my taxes being RAISED for them – just them!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts want to CUT everything – except MILITARY EXPENSES!! Cut the military expense to HELP pay off the deficit and ONLY leave enough funds there for these programs...........That's where the money "SHOULD" be coming from therefore, it should be PAIID FOR – Why isn’t it??

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD for the American people and our soldiers! Yes We Can!

    January 24, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. XWngLady

    @Mr. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA who said,"It is just too easy to say you want to do nice things for people and then leave the dirty job of paying for it to somebody else. This has got to stop. We are broke!"

    Oh you mean like prescription drug benefits for Seniors and tax-breaks to the rich that not one Republican balked against when it was being passed? Where were the Tea Partiers when Blackwater and all of Bush's other contracting company cronies were making money hand over fist in Iraq at the expense of the US taxpayer and at the peril of the Iraqis Huh?

    Yeah, its "just too easy" to criticize when your guy is not in power.

    January 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    We've been "broke" for the past 11yrs but yet that doesn't mean govn't has to slow down. We haven't had a surplus since Clinton yet I promise you Bush increased military pay & defense spending, but we're "broke" huh? Im not with standing around and *trying* to find some money to pay for new policies. Why are we worried about being broke *now*? Should've been saying that 3yrs ago.

    January 24, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Excellent Mr. President, and you can put money where previous administration's MOUTH has been by paying for these programs from the cutbacks to the Defense budget.

    January 24, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Joe

    Our men and women in uniform risk their lives to protect freedom here at home. As a result, our nation is now more secure than ever before. Therefore, I support President Obama's proposal to increase support for military families – they deserve it. In fact, I'm willing to pay extra taxes to support any programs for the militaries and their families.

    January 24, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are good at starting wars, but no so good at taking care of those who make the sacrifice.

    January 24, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. military budget?

    they can take it out of there ;p

    January 24, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Michelle

    working within the military system, i see so much waste, fraud and abuse it drives me crazy. I see everything from people selling their WIC formula, using medical appointments for vacations, sending people to training all over the country when training is available locally, the list goes on and on. I would really love to see some support being given to our Police officers and firemen, they are risking their lives every day and don't get half of the benefits.

    January 24, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Bill

    these brave men and women deserve help far more than the couch potatoes that currently get it.....

    January 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. marcamp2

    oh, wait, I'm still awaiting moderation for the last five comments submitted..i keep forgetting the name of this website...Is that the same as now that he is starting his re-election, he's wooing the big companies? Is it the same as now that he's starting his re-election campaign, 600 new jobs open up at Government Motors...anything for the troops should be our motto, but how ironic that it has become his motto two years after the election and two years before the next one....the only transparency this administration has are motives!!!

    January 24, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |