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FYI: 73 years ago today this happened.

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National Museum of the Marine Corps

“We found a water pipe, tied the flag to it and put it up. Then all hell broke loose below. Troops cheered, ships blew whistles, some men openly wept.” ~ Corpor...al Charles W. Lindbergh

On 23 February 1945, the Marines took control of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Onlookers cheered as the assault platoon fought to the summit and raised a small flag. Later that day, different troops raised a larger flag while others respectfully lowered the original. Several combat photographers captured these stirring events on film, but Joe Rosenthal’s snapshot of the men struggling to raise the second flag in a stiff wind became an enduring symbol of American resolve.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps has both flags raised on Iwo Jima in our collection. Currently, the second flag raised on Mount Suribachi (seen in this video) is on display in our WWII Gallery.

Semper Fidelis

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Community Q: As autism parents we deal with a lot of issues. What is your biggest issue right now?

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Are you near the Pentagon on March 6? If so, RSVP now to attend the Military Family Readiness Council. This session will have a focus on EFMP-related issues. To RSVP (NLT Feb. 26), submit a letter or for more information, contact Dr. Randy Eltringham, (571) 372-5315 or email Family Readiness Council, osd.pentagon.ousd-p-r.mbx.family-readiness-council@mail.mil

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Many children dream of serving in the military. Have your kiddos talked about following in their parents' footsteps?

An autistic boy got a surprise visit from the Army for his 9th birthday.
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Community Question: Has anyone transferred their older child from Tricare Young Adult back to Tricare Prime? If so what is the process?

Autism is tougher when the parent deploys. But mission comes first. How have deployments impacted you?

The Defense Department has a “higher expectation” of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
defense.gov

We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Presidents' Day. As always, take a moment to think of our family members downrange.

As military families and Tricare beneficiaries, such delays and experiences should not happen. Period. Have you been impacted by the changes?

Parents and providers say they are facing overwhelming obstacles to sustaining services under Tricare following the Jan. 1 reorganization that included merging Tricare East and Tricare South and changing out contracts for Tricare East and West.
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Our hearts are broken after yesterday’s tragedy in Florida. Thinking of the families affected and our own. #Love #Support #Reflect

It looks like the installation spouse of the year winners have been announced. Congratulations to all who were nominated.

Introducing the #MSOY18 Base Winners of the Year! They are all in the running to become the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year presented by Military Spouse.
militaryspouse.com

FYI.

Disability advocacy groups are rallying to fight against legislation they say would undermine longstanding accessibility protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
disabilityscoop.com

Does the prospect of college for your kiddo scare you?

The first year of college comes with a lot of changes: new friends, new surroundings, new classes. A college grad on the autism spectrum gives advice to a college freshman with Asperger's syndrome.
npr.org

After watching the first U.S. medal at the Olympics, here’s a look at our military athletes competing.

Here’s a bit of background on the seven soldier Olympians to watch in PyeongChang.
taskandpurpose.com

Did any of your kiddos attend a #NighttoShine event this evening?

Want to help support military families with autism? If you come across news or info of interest message us. With this all-volunteer effort, together we can make a difference.

FYI The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are underway and military/veteran families can livestream it all thanks to your military Exchange.

1. Visit nbcolympics.com
2. Click on the event you want to watch
3. Choose "Exchange" as the provider...
4. Click to login to shopmyexchange.com
5. Authenicate with your Exchange login
6. Watch the selected event

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