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First lady Michelle Obama visits Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON - First lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D- Calif. and Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, visited Camp Pendleton today as part of the first lady's advocacy campaign on behalf of the nation's military families.

The first lady met privately with service personnel and their loved ones at the USMC base in northern San Diego County and addressed about 1,000 Marines and their families.

She said she has met a lot of special people, like the pope, the queen of England and Beatle Paul McCartney, ''but I have to tell you, sincerely, the most inspiring Americans I have ever met are those in uniform.''

The first lady has issued a ''national call to action'' to address the ''unique challenges'' facing military families, to ''recognize and tap their skills, strength and commitment to service,'' to ensure that ''their voices are heard inside the administration'' and to build stronger civilian-military community ties, according to a White House statement.

In her Camp Pendleton speech, she called the effort ''one of my defining missions.''


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