The First Lady is in Southern California today, and she kicked off the morning with a panel discussion on how to improve integration of military family stories into film and TV. The event was hosted at the Writers Guild Theater in Bevery Hills,

Michelle Obama was joined by Katherine Fugate, creator of Lifetime's Army Wives, directed by J.J. Abraham, to discuss unique challenges faced by military families.

The First Lady took advantage of this opportunity to promote Joining Forces initiative, and plans to hold fundraising events for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

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PHOTOS Michelle Obama in Los Angeles;
Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills