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Michelle Obama praises skills of female military veterans


Summary of story from New York Times, November 15, 2011

On Monday US First Lady Michelle Obama met women military veterans and spouses at the Hire Our Heroes job fair in Hawaii.

The visit was part of president Obama’s support for a nationwide scheme to help veterans and military spouses find work. Wife of the vice president Jill Biden is also supporting the campaign.

‘For a lot of folks, making the transition to civilian life is hard, especially in the midst of a tough economy,’ Obama said.

But she also recognised that many of the women in the group are highly skilled. ‘You all have mastered state-of-the-art technologies, run some of the world’s most complex operations.

‘You’ve overseen hundreds of your colleagues, and you’ve undertaken missions with no margin for error, working in situations where the bottom line is literally a matter of life and death.’

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