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Michelle Obama to visit Walter Reed to distribute Easter treats

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening another front in her campaign to support service families, first lady Michelle Obama is unveiling a new push for jobs on or near military bases.

Her nearly year-old Joining Forces campaign has now lined up commitments for more than 15,000 jobs in the coming years.

According to her office, many of the commitments come from telemarketing and customer support companies and will enable the spouses and veterans to work from home.

Mrs. Obama notes home-based jobs are especially helpful to military families because they move so often across state lines -- about 10 times more often than the typical U.S. family.

She's paying a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to distribute Easter treats from the White House pastry shop to military families staying there.

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