First lady announcing pledges for vets, families

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama is announcing pledges in excess of $150 million from foundations and corporations to help veterans and their families get the services they need as the country adjusts to a postwar footing.

The first lady and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, were appearing at the Red Cross today with a variety of charitable organizations to launch the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. Under the pledge, more than 30 organizations are committing to provide services over the next five years.

Those making pledges are expected to work in areas including homelessness, employment, training, education and community integration.

The announcement is part of a series of events marking the third anniversary of Joining Forces, created by Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden to support military families and veterans.

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