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ACT Today for Military Families

This post is by Sheri Mellott

My husband Franklin retired after 23 years in the United States Navy, a decorated naval aviator and test pilot whose combat missions including flying in the opening strike of the Gulf War. During his final 24 months on active duty, all three of our children were diagnosed with special needs including two who were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It was a blow to the family like we have never experienced nor ever could have imagined. Our dreams for the future began unraveling faster than we could anticipate.

 

In this episode I feature "Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families," an event held on The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum to support military families who have loved ones with autism. I also highlight several individuals who spoke about autism at the event including Bob Woodruff, Jeffrey Alan Hoffman, Michael Strautmanis, John Larson and Bob and Suzanne Wright.

 

It was a great morning aboard the iconic Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Saturday, March 31st as families came out for the Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families event. More than 200 guests joined us for this special event to kick off Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day.

The following blog post by an Army Sergeant Major deployed to Afghanistan, who must remain otherwise anonymous, demonstrates vividly the extraordinary challenges faced by our military members raising children with autism. Visit 'Welcome to Stim City' to follow Mrs. Sergeant Major's Blog and to read original post. Military families will finally get a chance to tell their stories to Congress on Tuesday, January 31.