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Michelle Obama talks Joining Forces on "The Colbert Report"

First lady Michelle Obama on "The Colbert Report." Comedy Central

(CBS/AP) First lady Michelle Obama appeared on "The Colbert Report" Wednesday to plug the anniversary of her Joining Forces initiative, designed to honor U.S. troops and their families, particularly by helping find employment for veterans returning from war.

"We have seen people hiring our veterans and finding wonderful flexible opportunities for spouses because employment is a key issue for these families," Mrs. Obama said of the program she began with Jill Biden, the vice president's wife.

Noting that unemployment for returning veterans is above the national average, she told host Stephen Colbert, "We're seeing it decrease at some pretty significant rates."

Colbert suggested that hiring a vet, who will have war stories to tell, "will really make the interoffice complaining sound trivial" and will be good for office morale. "It's hard to be a whiner around a veteran," Mrs. Obama agreed.

Colbert also joked he was doing his part by training a Marine to do a pundit's job, teaching his student: "You are an expert at everything. It doesn't matter what the subject is. You have an opinion, and that opinion is the right one."