Michelle Obama in Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale today for Joining Forces program

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking in Fort Lauderdale later today in an effort to help her husband's re-election bid.

Mrs. Obama will begin her day outside Jacksonville, visiting Naval Station Mayport to make an announcement about the Joining Forces program that helps military veterans and their spouses find jobs.

The Joining Forces program set a goal of getting at least 100,000 veterans and their spouses hired. In April, the first lady announced reaching the halfway point.

President Barack Obama has made conservative Jacksonville a target in carrying Florida, the nation's largest tossup state. The city has a large military presence and a number of veterans have retired in the area.

The trip will be at least the fifth Mrs. Obama has made to Florida this year and comes just before the start of the Republican National Convention.

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