Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent
Today, we would like you to meet Amy Mclean, our Military Spouse of the Day. Amy is a Marine Corps spouse, stationed in Florida. Amy says her best experience with military life is how everyone is truly like family. She says, “You meet new friends and they become your family. They are there at 3 am when your husband is deployed and you need to rush one child to the hospital, they take my older daughter on a moment’s notice sometimes for a week at a time when we end up with a unexpected hospital admission. Raising special needs kids truly takes a village especially living the military lifestyle and we are extremely grateful for the family we’ve made along the way.”
Amy’s biggest challenge they have had to overcome is having to fight so hard to make sure their daughter’s everyday needs are met. They have fought for everything from meds, formula, Medical equipment, respite care, the right to travel to Doctors who may be further away but specialize in their daughter’s condition and offer her the best chance at long term survival and quality of life.
Amy’s best advice to Special Needs Military families is to be your child’s advocate. “You are your child’s voice. Don’t be afraid to speak up and fight for whatever it is they need whether it be Education accommodations or something medical. Surround yourself with a hand full of very good, trustworthy friends who you can count on. They will be your rock especially when your spouse is away. Military life can be very challenging especially while raising children with special needs. As much as we hate to admit it you can’t do it alone.”
The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Amy Mclean as our Military Spouse of the Day. We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate.
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