NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell examined the plight of military families raising kids with autism, interviewing military spouse Rachel Kenyon, whose husband has served multiple deployments to Afghanistan, and Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. On MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, Kenyon described the difficulties military families encounter in finding services for their children and the disruption caused by multiple deployments.
Bell discussed the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act (HR.2288) which would ensure that the military's TRICARE insurance program covers all military personnel, regardless of their duty status. As now structured, members of the military lose autism benefits for their children when they retire, even when wounded in action and medically retired.
At a Congressional briefing Tuesday on the issue, Rep. John Larson of Connecticut, the sponsor of HR.2288, called the treatment of military families raising loved ones with autism "immoral."