This post appears in this month's issue of Exceptional Parent Magazine and highlights the work of military spouses Karen Driscoll (Marines), Rachel Kenyon (pictured below, Connecticut Army National Guard), Jeremy Hilton (USAF) and others to improve TRICARE coverage for milutary kids. The result was action by Congress to create a one-year pilot program that is now being closely monitored by Autism Speaks.
by Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel
by Blair Hughes and Karen Driscoll. Hughes is the wife and full-time caregiver of a Wounded Warrior and mother to three children, one with autism; she serves as a Caregiver Fellow with The Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Driscoll, Autism Speaks' associate director of federal government affairs and military relations, is a Marine Corps wife and mother of three children, one with autism.
The following post is by TSgt Nick Gordon
The TIG Air Force hosted a satellite event in Afghanistan, mirroring the Walk Now for Autism Speaks taking place in Dallas/Fort Worth on October 20. Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization that helps families with autistic children find services and education. Autism Speaks is especially interested in helping military families affected by autism and are currently lobbying in Washington on behalf of military families for services under Tricare.
Military families finally got their say before Congress today about the injustice of losing autism benefits for their children when they retire, even when due to being wounded in action. More than 100 members of the military and their supporters jammed into a Capitol Hill briefing today to talk about the special difficulties military families face caring for children with autism.