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First lady honors military families on Oprah

In this photo taken Jan. 21, 2011 and provided by Harpo Productions Inc., talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, right, poses with first lady Michelle Obama during taping of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' at Harpo Studios in Chicago. The show aired nationally on Thursday, Jan. 27. (Photo courtesy of Harpo Productions)

January 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
First lady Michelle Obama appeared on Thursday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to salute military families across America.

Her appearance on the show comes days after President Barack Obama announced new government-wide programs to support military families.

The first lady also spoke Thursday to new soldiers at a graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson in Central South Carolina.

Michelle Obama has become an advocate for military families. She has traveled to military installations to talk with service members about their needs and concerns and has urged Americans to volunteer time to help them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.