Thoughts today for all of the 'Fallen Heros' and their families.
Memorial Day, which is celebrated in the United States on the last Monday in May,
honors service members who have died in military service to their nation.
While Memorial Day honors the fallen, many military still serving have family members with Autism. Unfortunately, the number of diagnosed autism cases is steadily increasing in the U.S.
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There are VA Aid & Alliance benefits which can provide monies for veterans
and veteran’s families which need assistance with basic activities of living.
You might find VA websites helpful to explore.
A VA pension also benefits dependents and survivors, with like compensation
for minor children and adult children who became disabled before age 18 can be
eligible for pension benefits.
Mandu Usoro (2021), Autism Advocate, suggests teaching children how to fly the national flag of the United States of America, on Memorial Day.
"The American flag is an important symbol of our country, and children will take part in the significance and tradition of raising the stars and stripes."
"This is a great activity for children to participate in,
especially if they have sensory preferences. They can touch and feel the flag
and will enjoy folding it at the end of the day."
"You can explain to your children that you’ll fly the flag at half-mast until noon,
since the holiday is about honoring fallen service members. At noon, you can return outside to raise the flag to full mast, where it should remain until the end of the day."
"Take time to practice the Pledge of Allegiance with your children
and to salute the flag during the National Moment of Remembrance
at 3 p.m. local time."
"...come up with ideas for how you and your children can
honor service members going forward, not just on Memorial Day."
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honor service members..."
Research the members of your family who have served their country in the Military.
Find pictures, tell stories, and take a flag to their gravesite.
Vrabel (2023) “Can you join the military if you are on the Autism Spectrum? If you were diagnosed with autism during your childhood, your condition might be a red flag for military disqualification. The good news is that you may still join, but you have to pass through a number of significant hurdles before you can make it into the military.”
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In recent years, it seems that some branches of the military have relaxed their enlistment requirements. But, if you have been diagnosed with Autism and do not disclose it, you could face federal charges. Most military doctors are not prepared to ‘diagnose’ autism.
When recruitment goals are high, military branches may appreciate the autistic applicant’s ability to focus on tasks, ahere to routines, follow orders without question, and always feel dedicated. The autistic applicant may also be considered if s/he has previous training from public school; such as Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), and/or private military school training.
Usoro, Mandu (2021). HomeSchool Special Needs Tidbits; Retrieved online from:
https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/special-needs/? She can also be reached at her Twitter address: @HSSNTidBits
Vrabel, Rob (2023). Can you join the military with Autism?; Retrieved online from: