By Nicholas Sabula American Military Families Autism Support
On Jan.31, I will be taking the day off work to support other military families dealing with autism, as they pay a visit to Capitol Hill to tell their stories.
The event is a briefing hosted by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and U.S. Rep. John Larson of Connecticut on the challenges faced by military families raising children with autism spectrum disorder.
While American Military Families Autism Support is non-political and attendance in no way implies any endorsement, an opportunity to attend a bi-partisan event where lawmakers become more aware of our families’ challenges cannot be overlooked.
If you are in the Washington, D.C., area, I invite you to join me and other AMFAS families, 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203, to show support for those providing testimony and represent all our families who are unable to attend.
Attending the briefing will be military families who have children with autism: Karen Driscoll, Marine spouse and original campaign director for ACT Today! for Military Families; Rachel Kenyon, Army Guard Reserve spouse and force behind promoting awareness of H.R. 2288, Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, and a member of our AMFAS blogger community; and Jeremy Hilton, Air Force spouse and longtime advocate for Air Force and military families dealing with autism on the legislative/policy front. Each will explain their family’s experience with TRICARE.
Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson and Rhondavena Laporte of Marine Corps EFMP are also scheduled to attend and address issues during the briefing.
Please visit Kenyon’s Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act website at CMKAA.org for more background on current legislation and how to support.
If you plan on attending, please forward your name to firstname.lastname@example.org, who will add your name to a list needed to gain admittance to the briefing room. If you are a service member, please do not show up in uniform, as the election season is underway. This is about showing support at the event as a family member.
Peter H. Bell, executive vice president of programs and services for Autism Speaks, did the following video in support of the briefing. Please take a moment to post (need to do this on the YouTube Channel) your support/recommendations of legislation or comments related to your experiences as a military family dealing with autism.
Together we can make a difference. See you Tuesday.
Congressional Briefing for Military Families Tuesday, January 31, 11:30 am Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203 Washington, DC