Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (center) listens as President Obama announces initiatives to support military families Monday. From right are: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Mr. Gates, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (center) listens as President Obama announces initiatives to support military families Monday. From right are: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Mr. Gates, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)