Thursday, September 24, 2009

Military Families Fight for Autism Coverage

HOUSTON - As Congress and the President spend taxpayer cash as fast as it comes off the press, thousands of military families waging the toughest kind of fight are frustrated by a nation which professes gratitude for those who serve, but refuses to fully fund therapies proven to help disabled military kids.
"We are sending the parents of these children to war. We have a moral obligation to care for the medical needs of these families here at home," says Karen Driscoll, a Marine Corps wife.
While Driscoll's husband fought in Iraq she was battling Tricare, the defense department's health insurance company, to increase benefits for children like her son Paul, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

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