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Autism Speaks Recognizes Pearl Harbor Day and our Military Families


President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s powerful and iconic speech following the Pearl Harbor Attacks.

As we honor our military on this special day in our nation’s history, the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act (HR.2288) continues to languish in Congress. Did you know that our service members lose all autism benefits for their dependents once they leave active duty, even if medically retired after being wounded in combat?

The Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act would end that injustice against those who do so much for our country. HR.2288 would make clear that all military members, whether on active duty or retired, qualify for autism insurance benefits for their dependents. Take time today to help our military families.

Write your Member of Congress below and ask them to co-sponsor HR.2288! If they have already signed on, send them your thanks!

Here is How YOU Can Help:

1) PLEASE ASK YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO CO-SPONSOR THE CARING FOR MILITARY KIDS WITH AUTISM ACT BY SENDING THEM AN EMAIL HERE. NOTE: We have it preloaded in the system so if your Member of Congress has already sponsored this legislation they will receive a thank you note; if not, they will receive a request to sign on as a co-sponsor. You can take action here.2) SPREAD THE WORD ON FACEBOOK. Post the following suggested message on your Facebook page:“SUPPORT OUR MILITARY FAMILIES! Email your Member of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act. Military members now lose their autism insurance benefits for their dependents once they leave active duty, even if medically retired after being wounded in combat. Help end this injustice against those who matter most to our country by taking action with your Member of Congress on the link below. Repost. Then write DONE so I can thank you!”LINK TO: www.autismvotes.org/Military Kids

To learn more about the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, please visit our Military Families page.

Please stay alert as we guide the autism community in ways that can help make this a reality for our military families. Let’s serve those who serve us! They have put their lives on the line to preserve our freedom, right to vote and opportunity to approach our political leaders every single day. Their children deserve appropriate coverage.

See how many people YOU can activate to help!


  1. Jason DeBlock
    January 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    There are currently 35 co-sponsors of this bill. Those who have signed on to co-sponsor range from Republicans to Democrats. As of 19 January, the following members of Congress are co-sponsors:

    Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [D-NY-5], Rep Bachus, Spencer [R-AL-6], Rep Barrow, John, Rep Burton, Dan [R-IN-5], Rep Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5], Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14],
    Rep Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2], Rep Crenshaw, Ander [R-FL-4],
    Rep Critz, Mark S. [D-PA-12], Rep Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14],
    Rep Filner, Bob [D-CA-51], Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-7],
    Rep Himes, James A. [D-CT-4], Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-22]
    Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3], Rep King, Peter T. [R-NY-3],
    Rep Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2], Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-14],
    Rep McGovern, James P. [D-MA-3], Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] –
    Rep Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1], Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT-5], Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC] – Rep Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-3] – Rep Richardson, Laura [D-CA-37] ,
    Rep Rivera, David [R-FL-25], Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-16],Rep Rothman, Steven R. [D-NJ-9], Rep Scott, David [D-GA-13] Rep Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-16] Rep Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-13] Rep Turner, Robert L. [R-NY-9]

    As you can see, not one representative from the state of VA is co-sponsoring this along with many others who represent military dense districts. Contact your congressman and ask them to co-sponsor and if not why. Ask for a formal response no matter what.

  2. Rebecca Hill
    January 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Please sponsor this bill. Thanks.

  3. robin cappello
    January 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    please sponsor this bill. it is much needed.

  1. January 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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