In image above you see VP Pence & Second Lady Pence with their son USMC 2nd Lt. Michael Pence.
The Second Lady of the US, Karen Pence, met with military women yesterday at the Vice Presidential residence (One Observatory Circle). Three dozen service members listened to the VP’s wife give an emotional and heartfelt speech, which let the military women know how much they are appreciated.
The Second Lady Karen Pence discussed the challenges they face militarily, personally, family-wise,etc due to their lifestyles.
Dept. of Defense official release reported this:
“We just wanted to say ‘Thank you,'” she (Karen Pence) told three dozen service members at an afternoon reception at One Observatory Circle, the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory here.
“I get choked up because I am a military mom,” said Pence, whose son Michael is a Marine Corps officer. “I’ve got my ‘mom pin’ on,” she proudly noted.
The Second Lady told the lady service-members how much she feels for the challenges they may encounter at times.
Rest of DoD official release:
“They shared with me some of the reasons why they went into the military. They shared with me some of the things they love about being in the military [and] some of the struggles of being a woman in the military,” she said.
“We just had a great visit,” she said.
Pence pointed out the women at today’s reception represented various ranks and were from the five armed services — Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The second lady said she wanted to honor the range of women who serve.
“I think a lot of times, people in the military — men and women — aren’t told enough how much we appreciate you,” she said. “It’s not an easy place to be where you are, and I think we’re learning that more and more in the position that we’re in.”
Pence said First Lady Melania Trump wanted her to do something for Women’s History Month. The second lady said she knew immediately she wanted to honor women in the military.
“I just want you to know how much we appreciate you,” she said.
Pence introduced the highest-ranking guest, the Army’s chief legislative liaison, Maj. Gen. Laura Richardson, and thanked her for her years of service and sacrifice.
She then invited two service members to join her as she spoke: Air Force Col. Michelle Pufall, who runs two hospitals in Jordan on the border with Syria; and Marine Corps 1st Lt. Talia Bastien.
The reason for bringing the two women up, Pence said, was because it was their birthdays; she then led the reception in singing ‘Happy Birthday.’
Second Lady Karen Pence is currently at a U.S. Navy base in Mississippi, meeting with more U.S. servicewomen. Click here for an update on that current situation.