COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited Fort Carson Thursday to meet with military spouses just before Military Spouse Appreciation Day on Friday.
"You change jobs and you start businesses. You handle the logistics of every move and make sure that your kids have what they need," Dr. Biden said on behalf of the military spouses in attendance.
She also spoke about the White House's revival of the Joining Forces Initiative, which "prioritizes employment opportunities for military spouses, education for children of enlisted parents and veterans, and military families’ health and well-being."
"Whether it’s access to better employment opportunities or affordable quality childcare, which I’ve heard from you over and over again, or better mental health services and wellness resources, we need to do more."
Military spouses who spoke with Dr. Biden said a greater access to resources is necessary, especially since the pandemic.
"We need to increase the amount of availability of funding for everyone, all ages. Our mental health needs have increased with the isolation," Erica Prescott said.
"We have the childcare, but sometimes even that is a lot still to pay because, just because a spouse works, doesn’t necessary mean they make a ton," Kiley Grasee said.
Dr. Biden flew into Colorado Springs Thursday as the last stop in a multi-day tour through Western cities, including stops in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet and Congressman Doug Lamborn also joined the First Lady during her visit to Fort Carson. Biden first arrived at the Colorado Springs Airport.
Watch the First Lady arrive in Colorado Springs below:
Watch the First Lady at Fort Carson: