Military parents lobby Congress for autism coverage

12/23/2008 | U.S. News & World Report

While the children of U.S. active-duty military are twice as likely to be diagnosed with autism as children of civilians, just 10% of those with the disorder receive services under the military health-care plan, according to Pentagon and U.S. Defense Department data. "Think about the extraordinary sacrifices that military families make," asks Stuart Spielman, senior policy adviser for Autism Speaks. "If we're asking someone to risk his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan, do we not have an obligation to help their families?"

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