Tag Archive: Tricare

Apr 26

Wounded Warriors Denied Autism Treatments for Their Children

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sign the petition at Change.org.

Apr 20

Autism speaks: Marine dad listens, helps piece together puzzle

by Bradley Gordon 2nd Marine Division CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – My son has autism. There, I said it – not easy for a Marine and a proud father. More specifically,

Apr 19

To Change Tricare, ECHO and EFMP We’ll Need to Document the Facts

It’s no secret that it requires a great amount of patience, emotional intelligence and great follow-up skills when submitting documentation for services for your autistic child. Tricare overall is a good health care plan, but when it comes to the…

Apr 14

Not a Square to Spare? Think Again

It’s been a little over two years since RM was diagnosed with autism during SGM’s last deployment to Afghanistan.  Still, we struggle to understand what that means to us as a family, how we process that reality on a daily basis and how to move forward in hopes of a bright future for all four [...]

Apr 05

Military Families Find HOPE Aboard USS Intrepid

New York – On Saturday, March 31, Autism Speaks honored military families living with autism aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.  My head is still spinning and I am still processing the HOPE I stumbled upon that day.  I have so much to tell you and I want to share this HOPE [...]

Mar 26

April is Autism Awareness Month AND Month of the Military Child

I’m over at the Autism Speaks Official Blog today talking about the complex issues facing access to autism care for military families and why HR2288 – Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act is so critical.  April is coming and there are so many ways to get involved in spreading awareness whether blue lights on [...]

Mar 13

TRICARE Extends Autism Demonstration

By  Kristin Shives TRICARE Management Activity March 13, 2012 TRICARE Management Activity has extended the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration (ASD) through March 2014. This demonstration program allows eligible

Mar 08

Surprise! We’re Polygamists!

Last year on this day, I wished my husband a Happy 8th Anniversary. Today I seek to do the same, only I’ve decided to unleash our skeletons from the closet and announce to all of you that we are Polygamists. Yes.  You read that correctly. No.  It is not another woman.  Or another man. Nine [...]

Mar 03

EPIC FAIL: Soldier in Afghanistan = Deadbeat Dad?

Deadbeat Dad? Or Deadbeat Country?  

Feb 17

You’re a FIVE-Star in My Book

One-click YOUR kick-ass advocacy skills at CMKAA.org.  Tell your US Rep to sign on to HR2288 Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act. Hooah.

Feb 12

Caring For Military Kids with Autism ACT (CKMAA) Perspective

Here is a great post about the CKMAA that I stumbled across. As a military service member I can appreciate both of the benefits and areas of improvement in organizations such as EFMP, ECHO, Tricare and others. There is much good, but there is also much…

Feb 07

Late Bloomer

“I want to tell you that Rachel is incredibly special in so many ways, and yet I want you to know that she’s not special at all.  I want you to know that there is nothing in her that is not in each and every single one of us, and that once it’s awakened, it [...]

Feb 04

Military Families with Autism Finally Make it to ‘The Show’

[Click above image to see coverage of HR2288 on Andrea Mitchell Reports MSNBC] TRICARE does not cover autism therapies. A separate arm of services called the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) which is secondary to enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) does offer what amounts to an average of 11 hours of ABA therapy per week – [...]

Feb 04

Military Families with Autism Finally Make it to ‘The Show’

Click –> HERE <– to see the coverage of HR2288 on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC TRICARE does not cover autism therapies. A separate arm of services called the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) which is secondary to enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) does offer what amounts to an average of 11 hours [...]

Feb 02

The Briefing

I tried very hard to remain calm the days before the briefing.  My speech had been finished for weeks.  I felt confident that I had done all I could to promote the briefing and fill the room.  But I was still overwhelmed on the inside.  The stress was enormous, the pressure to do right by [...]

Feb 02

The Briefing

I tried very hard to remain calm the days before the briefing.  My speech had been finished for weeks.  I felt confident that I had done all I could to promote the briefing and fill the room.  But I was still overwhelmed on the inside.  The stress was enormous, the pressure to do right by [...]

Jan 31

What I Signed Up For

Of all titles I hold, Mother is the one that has brought me here today to speak to you.  I am an Army wife as well, but that is a role I chose shortly after 9/11 with full knowledge of what I was getting myself into.  War was imminent, terror threat levels were the new [...]

Jan 29

Backstage

Load-in. For most evening events it happens around 1pm.  The trucks begin to arrive and the once cavernous arena comes to life with loud thuds and shouts echoing across the stage. “Sound check! T-minus four hours! Move your ass!“ If it was a Saturday show I was psyched.  It meant I could work load-in and watch [...]

Jan 29

Backstage

Load-in. For most evening events it happens around 1pm.  The trucks begin to arrive and the once cavernous arena comes to life with loud thuds and shouts echoing across the stage. “Sound check! T-minus four hours! Move your ass!“ If it was a Saturday show I was psyched.  It meant I could work load-in and watch [...]

Jan 26

Troops in Contact: a guest post by SGM

The satellite radio crackles to life; “Iron Gray TOC, this is Butcher 6 receiving indirect fire at this time”.  The radio operator answers the call; “This is Iron Gray TOC.  Roger, requesting air support at this time.” Troops in Contact (yes that means what you think it does) were a daily occurrence as an Infantry [...]

Jan 13

#fitn

Twitter much? No? Don’t blame you.  I was a non-believer until this past summer.  It terrified me, and to a degree still seems so very strange. Twitter is the most difficult thing to describe to a non-Tweeter.  You have these hashtag (#) thingys to follow tweets categorically.   You ‘Follow’ other people and hope somebody ’Follows’ you back. [...]

Jan 02

MIB are coming to get me now

Hi. I am pretty confident I am on a few different ‘Watch Lists’ by now.  But I’m ok with that.  Our military kids are worth it. So humor me before I am dragged away in the middle of the night by Men in Black with night-vision who drive dark Suburbans with tinted windows. Sign the White [...]

Dec 27

Xoom Giveaway for CMKAA

HOOAH! Motorola Mobility in partnership with Autism Speaks has committed to providing tech tools to families with children on the Autism Spectrum. “The long-term goal of the program is to measure and analyze how Motorola XOOM has assisted in the developmental progress of the children, and work with researchers and application developers to make even [...]

Dec 21

All I Want for Christmas

[Ed note: This was orchestrated with a simple, slow laptop. I do not own a professional recording studio. Cheers!] I don’t want a lot for Christmas, There is just one thing I need, I don’t care about the presents, Underneath the Christmas Tree, I don’t need to hang my stocking, There upon the fireplace, Santa [...]

Dec 12

OMG. If TRICARE Was Working, I’d Shut Up Already.

I shall be brief. Yes.  1 in 88.  No kidding. Seriously.  We need to fix the system of military families getting autism treatment for their kids.  Period. There is no valid arguement about CMKAA and comparing military versus civilian healthcare.  The two are separate issues and I can only fix one freaking thing at a [...]

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