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WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to travel to New Orleans Monday April 20) to recognizes the city's efforts to combat veterans' homelessness, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama and Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are scheduled to appear with Mayor Mitch Landrieu to discuss the city's efforts to find housing for veterans and how other cities might learn from New Orleans progress, according to White House officials.

More details on the event weren't available Tuesday. The First Lady has championed efforts to help veterans and their families, particularly during long deployments.

According to the White House, 355 mayors, seven governors and 112 other local officials have committed to ending veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of this year. In December 2014, New Orleans became the first major city to claim to have met the challenge.

By Bruce Alpert
Published April 14, 2015

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