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Our Military Families

January 25, 2012

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

It is time. They have given so much. They have sent their moms and dads off to fight for our freedom, often for months at a time. They give up so much stabilitity. They move from one base to another. All parents know how important stability and predictability is to a child. For a child with autism, it is not only important, it is essential. And these, the most vulnerable and most heroic in our society, are then neglected and ignored by the very people that benefit the most from their sacrifice.

I am talking about the families of our military. It is now estimated that 1 in 88 military children has an autism spectrum disorder. It is extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible for these children to obtain and maintain the autism therapies and services that they so desperately require. All the hard work our community has done in securing autism insurance reform does not apply to the Tricare insurance that the families of our military men and women receive.

Please read more about the details of what these brave families are up against, here. It will anger you, as it should.

Then, take action.

Then, share your own story. Even if you are not in the military, we need to move on this as a community.

Then read more about what is being done here.

On January 31, there will be a congressional hearing in Washington, DC. Make sure your representatives are there. This is too important. Make sure they know that. Let’s show the brave members of our military that we really do appreciate their service. Let’s show them that we can support them when it counts the most.

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