Michelle Obama visits veterans in Richmond

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-12 12:34:04-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - First Lady Michelle Obama visited veterans in a Richmond hospital on Wednesday, to announce a national initiative to help veterans.

While in Richmond, the First Lady also attended a Democratic National Committee lunch with nearly 300 supporters at the Richmond Marriott.

A campaign official said tickets for the event, which go to the Obama Victory Fund, started at $500.

After the luncheon, Obama traveled to VCU to announce a major commitment to veterans', by the country's top medical colleges.

The announcement pertained to the care of American service men and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The VCU School of Medicine--joining 100 members of the American Association of Medical Colleges--signed a pledge to support groundbreaking health care research and care for veterans.

Obama also toured the polytrauma unit at McGuire VA Medical Center where she met with wounded veterans.

The First Lady will travel from Richmond to Charlottesville where she will speak at tonight's DNC reception.

Michelle Obama is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser at the Charlottesville-area home of Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford.