First Lady helps Google roll out new site for veterans and their families

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama is using the popular website Google to urge Americans to reach out to military families.

With the nation celebrating Veterans Day, the first lady's online video is part of an effort to use the Internet to make it easier for troops and veterans to share their stories and connect with each other and the world.

Her video introduces Google's new offering for veterans, a website with tools for veterans and their families. Google also rolled out a video site for veterans on YouTube, which is where the First Lady's video is hosted.

The new online tools could help the nation's military leaders answer a nagging problem: How to ease the growing disconnect between the armed forces and the people they dedicate their lives to defend. The effort comes in the waning days of unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and calls to drastically cut defense spending.