Over the past few months I’ve been talking to people, reading more, and doing more research on Autism and Asperger syndrome which is the higher functioning end of Autism.
Although I don’t know a lot as of yet, I do know a few people who have served in the military and even admitted upfront they were diagnosed with one or the other and were still accepted into the military, and in the past few weeks I’ve wondered as was posed to me, how many had one or the other who “slipped” through the cracks and were able to serve.
Made me really think about it, and one movie came to mind and made me wonder was the intent to show that those with Autism or Asperger could serve, that was Forest Gump. Another movie was suggested which I’ve not had a chance to get a copy of yet, but that there was a soldier who although again it was not specifically mentioned for either Autism or Asperger was Full Metal Jacket.
I have a close friend who was in the Army who has Asperger Syndrome and did serve for several years before he was “disarmed” while over seas pending being sent home for discharge. And from what I learned it only happened because one of the medic’s or doctors knew the signs and reported him, and although it was made known at enlistment time he was deemed a danger, returned home and discharged.
Makes me wonder more than I had before, how many have served, how many retired from service and it was never known or never discovered, or just simply over looked/ignored? On top of that how many have served and had children born with Autism or Asperger Syndrome and maybe was due to chemical exposure either from service over seas, or many of the chemical contaminants on base.
I have been talking for a few months now with Lt Bobby Ross, and we’re joining forces to bring his organization Autistic Farmers of America which can provide a safe, healthy environment in which to live and learn how to farm.
If you or someone you know has or is serving who is affected by Autism or Asperger Syndrome, or you have a child with either of these illnesses, please, send me your story.
Now on a huge bright note I offer my most sincerest of CONGRATULATIONS to both Commander John Wells, and all his Blue Water Navy members!
The bill they had worked on for so long and so very hard finally passed the mark-up stage and will hopefully go to the House Floor very soon for a Vote.
The fight is not over yet, and we so desperately need everyone’s help to please call your Congressman’s office and kindly ask for their YES vote on H.R. 299.
The fact that after all these years a bill has made it through committee, made it through mark-up and is now ready to go to the floor proves beyond any doubt that when you speak out in unison that VETERANS can accomplish anything!
Again, Congratulations Commander Wells, and all Blue Water Navy Vets who all together made it happen! And much more success in the coming future!
On a sadder note, last week I brought to your attention our Director of Operation Mail Call became really sick a couple of months ago.
Sadly, the news as each day passes gets worse and worse!
The doctors caring for Betty Hidalgo-Rabuse have brought in additional cancer specialists, and more tests were run, more CT Scans, more PET Scans, more X-Rays, etc have only proven to produce more bad news. And in this last round of tests, not only did they confirm the cancer is in her bones, but also her cervix and now pancreas.
Betty is stage 4 Cancer, and the prediction for her life expectancy has been greatly reduced and is now between 3 months and maybe a year.
I’m constantly on the phone with her husband James Rabuse this has truly been a very difficult journey for them both as they were just married in May 2017.
The plan is to transport Betty from the hospital in San Francisco to a local hospital near their home in Merced where she will under go six weeks of chemo therapy, and once that is completed she will then be transported to Hospice where she will remain.
Betty as I said before did so much for our troops sending out care packages every single week and we gathered cards and letters to include in the packages.
James is still asking for assistance, but now is looking to raise funds to help with after life costs for memorial services and cremation. So if you’re able to, I’m sure he would be extremely grateful for what you can do.
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!