By Airman 1st Class William Blankenship
Air University Public Affairs
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Sept. 18 marks a significant milestone as the Air Force reaches its 65th birthday.
In military terms, the Air Force is still a young service. The U.S. Army was founded in June 1775, followed by the Navy and Marines later that same year. A few years later, the U.S. Coast Guard was created in 1790; however the Air Force has made significant strides in a short 65 years.
Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to recognize the importance of moms in our society.
But today is about more than just celebrating motherhood for our Autism community.
Simply put to all our mothers out there, today is a day to honor your commitment and sacrifice.
You are a mother. You are a warrior for your children.
Deanie Dempsey, wife of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents Jeremy Hilton, husband of Air Force Lt. Col. Renae Hilton, with a medal recognizing him as the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year during the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, May 10, 2012. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard
By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 – A husband who championed the progression of disability policy and the exceptional family member program received the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year Award here today.
Upon receipt of the award, Hilton, who has a daughter with special needs, lauded fellow finalists from the other services, and shared what also inspired his efforts to advocate for military families impacted by illness or disability.
This year, we present the concept of “Duty. Honor. Autism.” to highlight three paramounts that define our military families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Now that 2011 is in the trash (we don’t want to recycle this), it’s time to move forward with our wishlist for the year.
Most everyone makes some sort of New Years resolution every year. Whether it’s losing a few pounds, working out, spending less or even changing the world, we’ve all been there.
As you contemplate your checklist, consider helping a team whose only mission is to support families.
There are two factors that apply to a very small demographic of American society. First: service in our nation’s Armed Forces, whether as the service member or the service family. Each sacrifice.
The other is that our families are dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Of those, every child has different circumstances.
Our families are proud. Unfortunately, our families also have needs that people like to group together with larger populations. Unfortunately, our experiences aren’t always understood by these one-size-fits-all organizations.
When you think about what you want to do this year, changing you is important. However, working together to make change for all our families is both ground-breaking and lasting.
This year, be heard. Be an advocate. Facilitate change.
Help our military families dealing with autism not for yourself, for your own glory. Help them because they need it.
Blog, write, speak, communicate the needs of our children so others better understand.
American Military Families Autism Support is for military families, by military families providing support and information at the grassroots level. If your resolution involves helping our family, please consider partnering with us or joining our team. We need great people with a passion for helping our families.
If you already communicate for our children, let us help you broaden your reach. We only ask that you help us broaden ours as well through social sharing.
As our military, our team is an all-volunteer force. We’re also a bit unconventional since we don’t raise money like other nonprofits, we only raise support. Let’s make 2012 the year we really break-though in helping our kids.
Together we can make a difference!