The time has come, my friends. We’re taking this show to Washington.
On January 31st, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (and can I just say, Oh my God, I LOVE her) and US Congressman John Larson (whom I don’t know, but since he’s doing this I’m going to say that I love him too) will host a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on the challenges faced by military families raising children with autism.
Please – make that PLEASE – make sure YOUR story is heard.
You don’t have to pack a bag. You don’t have to fly to Washington. You don’t even have to leave your house. All you have to do is click on the video below and then follow the instructions for uploading YOUR family’s story and ensuring that our lawmakers – the ones with the power to make things better for our nation’s littlest heroes – hear it.
This briefing is a huge step closer to making H.R. 2288, The Caring For Military Kids with Autism Act a reality. But it won’t happen without YOU. Tell your story. Washington is listening.
You don’t have to be a military family to send a clip. Heaven knows, I’m not about to let my status as a civilian stop me from taking the opportunity to tell my lawmakers why this matters so damn much. You don’t need to wear the uniform to know why it is unconscionable to leave those who do without the ability to provide for their children’s most basic needs. Please tell them that. Congress need to know that there is overwhelming civilian support for this bill.
Please take the time to do this. It’s such a small expenditure of effort to show our heroes that when the time comes, we will be here to fight for them just as they have fought for us.
(Psst. The time has come.)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Rachel Kenyon and Karen Driscoll for the unbelievable amounts of work they put into this. They carry their brothers and sisters in arms on their backs and in their hearts. Their burden is heavy, yet they press on day after day to do what it right. They inspire me to be better – to do more.
Thanks to Autism Speaks for picking up the mantle of advocacy for these families and shining their fabulously bright spotlight on their challenges. We are so grateful for their help and guidance.
Thank you to Senator (Oh my God I LOVE her) Gillibrand and Representative Larson for their support and leadership in Congress.
And mostly, to our soldiers – thank YOU. Thank you for making unimaginable sacrifices in the name of your service to this country. Thank you for standing by us, keeping guard and keeping us safe, even when it seemed that your country was not there to do the same for you and your children.
We’ll make it right.