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DoD stall tactics deprive over 23,000 military families medical coverage for valuable autism therapy.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 12:23 pm
For years the Department of Defense (DoD) has refused to acknowledge the validity of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) in treating the symptoms of autism. With over 23,000 military dependents living on the spectrum, this means restricted access to the most valuable treatment currently available. Already burdened by the constant moving and social turmoil of military life, families must also pay out of pocket for this costly yet vital therapy.

Rather than embrace change, the military's primary health care program, TRICARE, has imposed a series of even more restrictive guidelines, all while DoD lawyers continue to argue against covering ABA, citing "a lack of evidence of effectiveness." Medical professionals and organizations agree, however, that ABA is the most effective treatment available, helping those with autism lead happy and productive lives. Children tend to respond best to the therapy at a younger age, so as the DoD stalls and delays, families are losing precious time to help their loved ones.

With the world's largest, best-equipped, and best-financed military, such practices are unacceptable. An effective military starts with the people. Let's give military families the benefits they have earned.


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Saturday October 12, 2013, 1:17 pm
petition signed

JL A. (282)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 2:23 pm

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 2:30 pm
Noted and signed. TY Beverly

Ed Site Issues V. (207)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:17 pm
The DoD has cited "a lack of evidence of effectiveness." of ABA because they have their collective heads buried "in the ground". The earlier the diagnosis in a child the better that child has to function independently. The bottom line is money for weapons is more important. Thank you Beverly,Signed & noted, Ed & Barbara V.

Barbara V. (209)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:32 pm
Ed said it all. It just comes down to money allocation. S & N, Thanks Beverly

Vicky P. (476)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:46 pm
noted, signed

Mary T. (354)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:01 pm
Signed & noted - thank you Beverly
DoD needs to help all the children of service people.

Karen G. (101)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:22 pm
S&N TY Barbara for the forward

Kathleen R. (192)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:28 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you Beverly and also Barbara V for sharing.

Jo S. (619)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:43 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Beverly and Ed V. For the forward.

. (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 5:06 pm
Signed and Noted.

Dandelion G. (385)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 8:33 pm
Most certainly did. Any family that has a child with autism should be helped.

Neill Abayon (665)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 8:51 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Thank you Barbara.

Jerry B. (127)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 9:22 pm
Noted and Signed..thanks Beverly!

Susanne R. (237)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:05 pm
The DoD needs to get its act together and get its priorities straight.

According to an article in Defense News:

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has wasted more than $30 billion on contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan because of shoddy management and a lack of competition, an independent inquiry said Aug. 29.

In its final report to Congress due to be released Aug. 31, the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting warns that waste and fraud have undermined American diplomacy, incited corruption in host countries and tarnished the U.S. image abroad.

"Tens of billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted through poor planning, vague and shifting requirements, inadequate competition, substandard contract management and oversight, lax accountability, weak interagency coordination, and subpar performance or outright misconduct by some contractors and federal employees," the co-chairs of the panel, Christopher Shays and Michael Thibault, wrote in a commentary in The Washington Post, published Aug. 29. "Both government and contractors need to do better." The U.S. military increasingly has turned to private companies over the past decade, with the contractor workforce at times surpassing 260,000 people - a roughly one-to-one ratio with troops deployed."

If the DoD can afford to hire lawyers to argue against covering ABA, they can afford to hire consultants to straighten out their wasteful spending. Or are they simply keeping the military-industrial complex happy? Our troops and their families must come first. We owe them that and much more.

Signed and noted. Thanks for posting this, Beverly, and for forwarding it to me, Ed!

Mandi T. (450)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:21 pm
Gladly signed

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 10:31 pm
noted, signed and shared

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 11:22 pm
I did it.

Elizabeth O. (96)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 11:59 pm

Marija Mohoric (42)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 1:43 am
done, tks

kate K. (482)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:11 am
signed too thank you Barbara !!!

Athena F. (131)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 3:02 am
signed, noted, thanks

Fi T. (21)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 4:13 am
As respect

John Holton (351)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 4:23 am

Tom Tree (246)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 5:10 am
Sure hope so !
Signed, Noted & Shared !

Birgitta S. (202)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 7:54 am

Elisa F. (235)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:01 am
N&S. Thanks, Beverly.

natasha salgado (715)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:23 am
Done-thx Beverly

S S. (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:43 am
Thank you.

Monica T. (278)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:45 am
Noted and signed! Thanks...

MARINA M. (137)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 11:40 am

Shelli S. (374)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 12:36 pm
Signed & noted

Malgorzata Zmuda (194)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 1:23 pm
petycja podpisana

Ruth M. (235)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:03 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:19 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Beverly.

Esther Z. (96)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:27 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Beverly.

Birgit W. (159)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 4:39 pm
Signed, thanks Beverly.

Emma S. (239)
Monday October 14, 2013, 3:34 am
Already signed - thanks, Beverly.

Ludger W. (71)
Monday October 14, 2013, 4:45 am

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday October 14, 2013, 7:55 am
noted and signed

Joe R. (190)
Monday October 14, 2013, 5:37 pm
Thanks Beverly. Signed and noted.

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Monday October 14, 2013, 8:57 pm
This is unfortunate, the military has to step up and give these most necessary benefits.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 3:19 am
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