First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop in Shreveport yesterday as part of her "Joining Forces" tour. It's a program she and Mrs. Jill Biden launched to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and serve our nation's veterans and military families.

In fact, the 50-thousandth veteran hired has just been employed at Shreveport's Kansas City Southern Railways. Vice President of Operations Dave Ebert talked about his company's commitment to veterans.

Michael Abitago, Jr., is just finishing his military time, having served two deployments to Iraq. He's the latest hire at KCS.

Mrs. Obama thanked companies like KSC for working so hard to make her "Joining Forces" campaign a success. Businesses are not the only ones to answer the call.
Social workers, doctors, nurses, churches and everyday people also have given much of their time and resources to be involved in the cause.

"When we looked to America’s health care providers, 135 medical schools, more than 500 nursing schools, more than 3 million health care providers stepped up to improve care for veterans and military families. When we asked Americans of all kind to find ways to honor our military families, they answered by serving more than 13 million volunteer hours right in their own communities. That’s individual. That’s all volunteer work," Mrs. Obama said.