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Honoring Those Who Served

Monday, November 18, 2013  
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Friends,

Each year on Veterans Day, we honor those dedicated men and women who served in our Armed Forces. On Monday, President Obama hosted a breakfast at the White House for veterans and their families and traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver remarks.

Earlier this week, President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. This legislation will provide families with piece of mind as they send children with asthma and severe allergies to school. Please read below for a blog post written by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women & Girls.

On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC. The First Lady spoke on the power of education as students contemplate and prepare for higher education. Please read below for more and a video from the First Lady’s trip.

And in case you missed it, high school students joined First Lady Michelle Obama for the first-ever White House Careers in Film Symposium. Students learned about animation, special effects, makeup, and more. Be sure to read below for more on their great visit.

Thank you for all that you do!

White House Council on Women & Girls

President Obama Commemorates Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, the President honored those, past and present, who put on the uniform of the United States military and put their lives on the line.

President Obama greets Richard Overton

President Barack Obama greets Richard Overton, with Earlene Love-Karo, in the Blue Room of the White House, Nov. 11, 2013. Mr. Overton,107 years old and the oldest living World War II veteran, attended the Veteran's Day Breakfast at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

On Monday morning, the President hosted a breakfast in the East Room of the White House for veterans and their families. In attendance was Richard Overton from Austin, Texas. Richard is the oldest living World War II veteran. The President honored the veteran in his remarks at Arlington National Cemetery, andthanked Richard for his selfless dedication and his courage when he faced adversity:

That’s what we owe veterans like Richard Overton, who served in the Army in World War II. He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, "I only got out of there by the grace of God.”

When the war ended, Richard headed home to Texas to a nation bitterly divided by race. And his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high. He carried on and lived his life with honor and dignity.

Read more here.

President Obama Signs New EpiPen Law To Protect Children with Asthma and Severe Allergies

Valerie Jarrett reflected on the effect of this legislation on children and families:

Today in the Oval Office, President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will encourage schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and provide millions of families with greater peace of mind.

The law makes an important change to the Children’s Asthma Treatment Grants Program and other federal asthma programs, which authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to give funding preferences to states for asthma-treatment grants if they: maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine (EpiPens), if they permit trained personnel of the school to administer epinephrine, and if they develop a plan for ensuring trained personnel are available to administer epinephrine during all hours of the school day.

Read the full post from Valerie Jarrett here.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The First Lady on the Power of Education

Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited sophomores at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC. The First Lady’s remarks continued to expand her focus on issues of youth empowerment and education, in particular working to achieve the President’s "North Star” Goal.

You see, when Barack came into office, one of the very first things he did was to set what he calls a North Star goal for America – that by the year 2020, the year that you all will be graduating from college, our country will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

First Lady Michelle Obama greets students after participating in a conversation with the 10th-grade class at Bell Multicultural High School

First Lady Michelle Obama greets students after participating in a conversation with the 10th-grade class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

In her remarks, the First Lady spoke directly to young people about committing to their education so that they can create a better future for themselves, their communities, and their country. She also shared some of her personal academic experiences to illustrate her belief that circumstances do not define your future, but rather your attitude.

Read more about First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit here.

The First Lady Hosts the First White House Careers in Film Symposium for Students

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama opened the doors of the White House to high school students from DC, New York, and Boston to partake in the first-ever White House Careers in Film Symposium.

The students had an opportunity to learn about animation, special effects, makeup, costume, directing, music and sound effects, and heard from leaders in the film industry about how their education helped them succeed—as well as hear from the First Lady herself.

The First Lady stopped by the workshop and encouraged the students to continue chasing their dreams in film, but to never forget the importance of education and the ability to overcome adversity.

Read more here.

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to special effects makeup

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to special effects makeup during the makeup and costume segment of the Film Symposium and Oscars Workshop, in the Blue Room of the White House. November 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


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