I’ve spoken a couple of times about Autistics and the Service, and while we are continuing to dig for more and more information.
This effort is two part, one to find out more information to help Veterans who served with Autism and possibly help with gaining benefits earned they may not even know they qualify for, and to help them also find work that maintains guidance, direction and structure with organizations such as AFOA (Autistic Farmers of America.
I have read several pieces where some had gone through programs such as ROTC (Recruit Officer Training Corps), some have gone on to serve, some faced a few challenges, but seems most were accepted into the military, gone on and served well, and a very few have been discharged after having completed boot camp and an even smaller amount have gone on to assignments over sears, and returned and been discharged.
There really isn’t a great deal of information in this area and it seems the military doesn’t keep records on issues of this nature. So we’re still looking for more first hand information.
But connecting those who served with organizations such as Autistic Farmers of America is the end goal.
LT Bobby Ross and I have been working together for some time now, Bobby is the Executive Director of AFOA with a farm based in Northern California.
One of our goals has been getting gainful employment for Veterans regardless of their status and abilities.
The VA Board of Appeals has announced they have resolved a record number of claims up to May 27th of this year, 53,650, but it doesn’t say how many were approved nor how many were denied, and they go on to announce they plan on resolving yet another 81,000 by September 30th.
Seems to me this is another “sweep” to clear the records, and most were denied. So this shows me absolutely no signs of improvement, just a clearing of the decks.
If you were a Veteran whose claim went before the BVA and were denied, I’d like to hear from you as well!
Again we really need everyone’s help with is the Blue Water Navy Bill, H.R. 299.
We need everyone to call their Congressman both in their local and DC offices and ask for their support when the bill comes to the floor that they vote yes for this bill!
And again, I want to thank both Regina and Peggy for all the hours they have spent digging, reading, and downloading documents, articles, and reports on Autism and Asperger Syndrome, thank you for all your hard work!
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!