First Lady Obama speaks to 3,500 troops and their families at Camp Pendleton.

First lady Michelle Obama is launching a national challenge for…

First lady Michelle Obama is launching a national challenge for every American to find ways to make life easier for the families of U.S. troops.

Obama spoke to 3,500 troops and their families at the Marine base Sunday as part of her ongoing mission to help military families. She called Camp Pendleton and the surrounding Southern California cities a model for community support of troops.

But California Republicans called Obama’s appearance a publicity stunt to help Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is running for a fourth term and has been criticized by opponents for not doing enough to support troops. President Barack Obama has flown to California twice in recent months to help the imperiled incumbent’s fundraising efforts.

Boxer and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif. accompanied Obama during her visit to the San Diego-area base on a sunny afternoon.

Obama paid tribute to the five Camp Pendleton Marines killed in the last week in Afghanistan. She told the crowd she came to the base for a simple reason:

“To help the rest of our country better understand and appreciate the incredible service of you and your families, and to make sure your voices are heard back in Washington and that your needs are met.”

Source: Julie Watson for WTOP/AP News.

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