Visit with First Lady Michelle Obama
Joining Forces White House Challenge 2012
DTBL was 1 of 20 organizations that were part of the Challenge. For about 6 weeks, Americans could vote daily for their favorite organization. when the voting was over, DTBL was in second place. On the last day of the vote, Mrs. Obama flew to MN to meet with Defending The Blue Line staff and supporters.
DTBL's military kids, Joey Hudella and Megan Sukow, escorted Mrs. Obama from her plane when she arrived in Minnesota. See more photos at Minnesota Public Radio.
About the White House Challenge: "Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced 20 finalists as part of their Joining Forces Community Challenge, an effort to recognize and celebrate citizens, communities, and organizations that have demonstrated a deep commitment to service by improving the lives of military families and veterans. In a roundtable discussion about Minnesota’s best practices that can be replicated nationally, Mrs. Obama will join military family members, representatives from Serving Our Troops, and three Joining Forces Community Challenge finalists from Minnesota – the Armed Forces Service Center, Defending the Blue Line and GreenCare for Troops. Below are descriptions of these military family support organizations."