Thousands of marines, soldiers, sailors and military families listened to Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden talk about their Joining Forces initiative at Camp Lejeune Wednesday mortning, and many said they like programs discussed that will help military members now and after they leave the service.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Nancy Murphy says it's good to hear she and her family have the support of the first and second ladies, especially during deployment times.
"It's comforting for us over there knowing that they're going to get support back here, until we come back'" said Murphy.
Murphy was one of thousands of armed services members, along with their family members who were at Goettge Memorial Field House Wednesday.
"I know they have a very busy schedule. I think it shows a big committment on their part to come down and talk to those families," said Marine Captain James Smolucha.
Camp Lejeune was the first stop for this nationwide initiative to gain support for service members and their families.
"I think this is a great place to do that, and as the first lady said this is a very tight-knit community with the civilians and military personal that live out here," said Smolucha.
Captain Smolucha says he was pleased to hear one of the joining forces initiative is to focus on the Hiring for Heroes program.
"It shows that your country is backing you. You've done your time. You've served your country," said Smolucha.
It's that support of family that gives sailors like Nancy Murphy some comfort in their job.
"I think it's great. It's very comforting like I said and I can't wait until we do have a family, that they will be taken care of and that
there will be plenty of opportunities for them," said Smolucha.
Service members also told us they were pleased to hear the first and second ladies are spending time with wounded warriors after their public appearances at Camp Lejeune.