This powerful posse has joined forces for an important cause: honoring military veterans before Memorial Day.
In addition to gracing Glamour’s May 2015 issue, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kerry Washington sat down with editor-in-chief Cindi Leive for a poignant discussion about supporting the troops off the battlefield.
Specifically, the women are invested in helping veterans cope with PTSD, as well as reaching out to assist women in the military, whether they are spouses or serving themselves.
Washington, whose father served in the military said, “There is this idea that those who serve are untouchable heroes, but the more we hear what people are going through, we realize it’s what every woman is going through. The challenges are just put under a magnifying glass because their lives are so extraordinary.”
“I feel like there’s a laundry list of issues they face,” Parker added. “Being a working mother, serving, returning from Iraq or Afghanistan I almost don’t know where to begin… And I feel intimidated by their service; I feel ashamed that I haven’t served. So I almost feel like I’m patronizing by inquiring how to help. When you see a serviceman or woman, you always, I always say, ‘Thank you for your service.’ But you know that’s not enough… What do we do? Every community has a community of veterans. Where do we begin?”
The First Lady’s answer? “Start in your community, Most of what these men and women need is people in their backyard lending a helping hand.”