Barack Obama won't be sworn in as commander in chief until Tuesday, but he is already making the troops and their families a priority.
This morning, the president-elect made his fourth visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with 14 wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Though the violence in Iraq has dropped significantly since last year and the country's military hospitals are seeing far fewer wounded in their wards, the effects of war are still felt strongly back home, particularly by the families of the wounded.
Christine Osborne's husband Dewitt, from Ft. Washington, Md., was wounded in Iraq in 2006, and their daughter Ashley is still learning to deal with the day-to-day realities of her father's injuries.
"My dad went to Iraq and he got injured because his truck blew up," Ashley told ABC News' Bob Woodruff. "And when he came home, we were at the airport and when I saw him I just ran to him, I was very happy that he was still alive."
More than 12,000 children have had a parent injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For these parents, adapting to their new disabilities can be incredibly difficult.
"When he comes home, she may want to jump and play, and sometimes forgets Daddy's hurt and they can't do all the things she wants to do," Christine Osborne said.
But tonight, Ashley Osborne will join thousands of other children at "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future," a special concert hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to honor military families.
The concert, which will air tonight on the Disney channel, owned by the parent company of ABC, will feature performances by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Demi Lovato, among others.
On the campaign trail, Michelle Obama consistently championed her commitment to military families, talking to military spouses about the struggles they face daily.
Michelle Obama Hosts Concert for Military Families
"If there's one thing they've learned it's that when our military go to war, their families go with them, that's for sure," she said, speaking to a crowd in Jacksonville, Fla., last fall.
The new first lady has pledged to make sure their voices are heard.
"I think that's very nice," said Army Specialist Vaughn Mcafee, whose daughter Jordyn will be attending the concert. "I'm sure the kids will enjoy it. That's sending the right message early."
Not only is the concert a dream come true for thousands of military children, who got the chance to meet their idols today, the evening will also be very special for those performing.
"That's something that's really important to all of us," Cyrus told ABC. "My granddad was a part of the war, and I just think that's the way I've been brought up, to always put your country first and foremost."
On the eve of this historic inauguration, Cyrus hopes the 13,000 children in attendance tonight will have a great time and leave feeling inspired. "This ball, the Kids Ball," she said, "is all about kids being the future."