White House Week


On Monday, President Obama hosted a special breakfast in the East Room of the White House for veterans and their families. Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran was in attendance and the President thanked him for his service.

The President was joined by the First Lady, Vice President and Dr Biden when he participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The First Lady and Dr Biden also penned this op-ed talking about how their Joining Forces initiative is making a difference to veterans and their familes.

On Tuesday, the First Lady visited Bell Multicultural High School in Washington DC, where she gave a speech about youth empowerment and education.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will encourage schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and provide millions of families with greater peace of mind.

The law makes an important change to the Children’s Asthma Treatment Grants Program and other federal asthma programs, which authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to give funding preferences to states for asthma-treatment grants if they: maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine (EpiPens), if they permit trained personnel of the school to administer epinephrine, and if they develop a plan for ensuring trained personnel are available to administer epinephrine during all hours of the school day. An estimated 9.5% of American children suffer from asthma, and between 4 and 6% of children are affected by food allergies, either of which can strike in an instant, and have life threatening consequences.

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