I have so many stories that I’m dying to share with you. Big stories. Well, you know – our kind of big stories – the ones about small moments that were really anything but.
But the stories are going to have to wait. Because there’s something happening in our back yard that is simply not OK. And it’s something that WE can help begin to fix.
My dear friend, Rachel, an Army wife and mother of a child with autism, has worked tirelessly to introduce a bill into Congress called the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act. (CMKAA / H.R. 2288)
1 in 88 military children has autism, and less than 10% of those are getting the services they need.
Less than 10%.
CMKAA will make ABA available to ALL military dependents with autism – active duty OR retired. It’s a start. Ed note: Autistic children of retired servicemen and women are not currently covered under Tricare. So a soldier who has served his or her nation in battle – three or four tours of duty later – does not have the ability to care for his or her child after retirement. Take a moment to chew on that.
H.R. 2288 is currently sitting in the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. It will die there unless it finds enough support to be brought for a vote.
I implore you to take one minute out of your day to urge your representatives in congress to support this bill.
Please click on the links below to contact your state’s representatives and senators. You don’t even have to figure out what to say; you can simply copy the text that I’ve written below.
This is so important, my friends.
Imagine fighting tooth and nail for your child all while your spouse is a world away fighting for our country. It’s unthinkable.
The situation can change, but it won’t happen without US. We can wait for the hoofbeats, but in the end WE are the cavalry. It literally takes one minute to make a difference. The people who sacrifice so much in the name of duty deserve at least that.
Thank you so much for your support.
P.S. If you’re interested in joining Team CMKAA (I made that up, but it’s kinda catchy, don’t you think?) and helping us get the word out as we move forward, please leave a comment letting me know and Rachel or I will be in touch.
In the meantime, please share this post with everyone you know. Heck, share it with people you don’t know. Use the buttons below to Tweet it (please use hash tag #CMKAA), link to it on Facebook, or share it via e-mail.
Send it to your networks – your family, your friends, your PTO, your church, synagogue or mosque, your local, state and federal advocacy groups – send it to anyone you can think of who would be willing to take one minute of their time to help care for the people who take care of us every day.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Here’s what I wrote to my representatives. Please feel free to copy it. Just click on the links below and then cut and paste. It’s that easy.
(Name of Addressee),
I am writing to implore you to lend your support to the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act – H.R. 2288: To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain treatment of autism to the children of both active and retired servicemen and women because it is simply unconscionable to me to fail to provide vital support to the children of our nation’s heroes.
Access to appropriate treatment and services for autism is not an entitlement; it is a basic right. While this should be true for ALL of our nation’s children, it simply MUST be true for our military. An America that forces her soldiers’ families to fight on two fronts is not the America I know and love.
Please, on behalf of those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe, lend your support so that H.R. 2288 can become a reality.
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our families.