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A Marine Blogs: 'My Son Has Autism'

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (May 9, 2012)-- USMC Major Bradley Gordon relates the special challenges our members of the military face raising children with autism in a blog excerpted from the Camp Lejeune Globe.

My son has autism. There, I said it – not easy for a Marine and a proud father. More specifically, he has Asperger Syndrome.

He is not a freak or weirdo, at least no more so than you or I. He is a young teen, working through the difficulties of puberty with the added bonus of learning, understanding, teaching and dealing with his relatively new diagnosis.

I was deployed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when I found out my son had been officially diagnosed with AS. As a parent, I felt helpless. I don’t say hopeless because I know there is a sunny-side to all of life’s problems, you just have to get to the point you can turn the situation over and find it. Read more here.