Military Special Needs Network

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May 8, 2012: Honoring Amber Keeton – Military Spouse of the Day!

Amber is a Navy spouse of 8 years. The Keeton family is currently stationed in San Diego, California. Amber’s favorite part of being a military spouse is the feeling that her family is doing something good for the World. If she could give herself one piece of advice before becoming a military spouse, Amber says she would stop with the expectations, do away with checklists, and never expect things will happen until they do. “I’ve learned to relax and roll with the punches and have come to discover that everything really does fall into place – eventually!” she said.

What makes Amber an outstanding advocate is that she looks diligently for needs that need to be met in her family, in the families around her, and in the hospital that her daughter frequents. She offers her services where she can, volunteers for several organizations in her community, serves as a Navy Ombudsman and participates in the EFMP Cross-Functional Team as a parent contributor. With all of that, Amber still remembers to take time for herself, whether it is getting pedicure (even if they are done at home), taking a nap during a great movie and weekly dates with her husband when he is home.

Amber’s youngest daughter, Betty Jane, was 6 months old she suffered an insult to her brain when she stopped breathing during a seizure which lead to multiple diagnosis that all stem from a rare form of Epilepsy called Infantile Spasms. “Being her mom is not always easy but I wouldn’t trade it for the World. She has brought our family closer together and truly made our lives richer in so many unexpected ways! And she’s a world-class snuggler, best ever!” Amber adds.

The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Amber Keeton as the Military Spouse of the Day! We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate for special needs!

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