Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent
Introducing Holli Jo Corley, extraordinary Navy spouse stationed with her family is North Carolina. She has been married to her husband for 29 years. When we asked Holli Jo about her best experience with military life she said, “It has always been the opportunities our family has been blessed with to live in different states & countries all over the world! The travel, culture & people we have experienced have enriched our family’s lives immensely.” She has had many obstacles to overcome, though. While stationed at Pearl Harbor on O’ahu, Hawaii, their autistic son was told that he would be unable to graduate from the high school he was attending. They told Holli Jo that “SPED students did not technically earn a diploma like mainstream students.” The Corley’s were floored and extremely disappointed that this ridiculous practice was still happening in 2014…!!! Fortunately, they were blessed with a transfer to the mainland prior to graduation, and their son was able to don his cap & gown, graduate with his high class & get the diploma he had earned! From a huge obstacle to a super proud moment! Holli Jo “de-stresses” by hitting the gym regularly and recently, she has begun quilting. Both are great stress relievers & are activities that certainly recharge her batteries. Holli Jo has some great advice for families that are new to the special needs world in the military. She says, “Be your child’s biggest advocate as well as cheerleader, research, research, research, get second & third opinions, and never, ever give up the ship!!”
The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Holli Jo Corley, our Military Spouse of the Day. We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate.
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