Author: Liz Pinnie
Yesterday I scurried through my Sweeten closing tasks (close windows, turn lights off, give self a pat on the back) in an effort to leave a few minutes early. Why the hustle? Because I wanted tickets to see First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden who are speaking at Penn today! Now, there are a lot of fantastic things happening on Penn’s campus, and I recently haven’t been making the time to attend them because 1. I just moved into a new place and 2. I just moved into a new place. However, for Michelle (am I allowed to call her that? I feel like she’d be cool with a first name basis thing?), I am throwing caution (and laundry) to the wind and heading out to see her speak. The reasons are two-fold.
To me, Michelle Obama is a fantastic role model for the modern woman. She is an intelligent, strong, and graceful woman, and I am delighted that she is representing our nation as First Lady. Additionally, that lady can move! Please see below video:
I am thrilled about the initiative that Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are at Penn to present. Both women have made a commitment to support our troops and their families through “Joining Forces”. Joining Forces works to provide much needed support to the men, women, and families who make sacrifices every day in service to our country. Today Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden come to Penn to speak about one of the initiatives of Joining Forces, which is a focus on education and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. According to White House data, PTSD and TBI affect approximately one in six of our veterans. Though they are life altering disorders, they often go undiagnosed or untreated. Today in a presentation in conjunction with Penn Nursing, First Lady Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will “announce a major initiative by more than 150 of America’s leading nursing organizations and more than 450 nursing schools in 50 states and territories to ensure our nation’s nurses are prepared to help meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families”.
I cannot wait to hear about this initiative, and to see a truly inspiring woman speak.