A Jerichooncbs.blogspot.com and Jericho4Kids.com Interview with Sgt. Neal!
Sure, we often have access to AFN for television as well as radio. Oh and they have started airing the Jericho on AFN!!! Most people bring a laptop or portable DVD players to watch movies and such. Probably the biggest thing over here is video games. Many in the military are gamers. It is starting to become part of the culture really. We’re getting so many young troops in and they almost always play video games. Some live entertainment happens here as well. It’s nice to have live shows here. Helps to change stuff up for the troops here.
Personal hygiene items are always appreciated. Baby wipes are probably the best thing you can send a soldier. They just help keep you feeling fresh even if your grubby uniform doesn’t show it. Travel sized toiletries are a good choice as well. I know a lot of people like to send candy and stuff but to be honest that stuff should be kept to a minimum. Unless the soldiers are specifically asking for it. I know most candy either goes in the garbage or to the local kids (which does help the troops actually).
I know that Shelby has something in the works to get more letters from our youth out to the troops.Yeah we like letters from kids… The only problem is sometimes you get so many you just can’t respond to them all so many times no responses get sent. Truthfully there is something heartwarming about reading a letter from a kid back home. They are always so honest and a lot of times they make you laugh. Kids are great. They inherently know how to brighten your day. Here at the hospital we have billboards that we use to hang them up. You stop and read them and it can take you back home if it only is for a few moments.
Jericho is a show to be nuts over. The Nuts for Jericho campaign was brilliant idea. Don’t they say most brilliant thinkers are at least a little nuts? Seriously, I really don’t understand why we’d need to even launch a campaign to save the show. It’s a great show. It has so many great elements to it. With so many other shows trying to just push the envelope that is FCC rules over sexuality, violence, profanity etc. to get ratings, Jericho is a show with a great plot and interesting characters and is delivering it all in a manner that anyone should be able to relate. I truly hope that Jericho finds a home so we can continue to watch the series grow.
I certainly don’t want to speak for everyone in this case but I know I am proud that the Jericho fans have sent what they did. Truth be told we get so many donations it can kind of seem like no one notices them. But they do. It’s is nice to have clean clothes and hygiene products for a wounded soldier after he is admitted to the hospital here. So, even if it isn’t expressed or even if the soldiers don’t know where exactly it came from, I know they appreciate it. And I certainly know I do!!
Well, as I am sure some of you are aware my youngest son, Brenden is Autistic. Without being too long winded her (believe me I could go on and on about this one) finding help for him was not exactly the easiest thing in the world. I took us nearly a year to get him diagnosed and then the search for therapists and the like began. As anyone with an autistic child can tell you, you are working against the clock here. Look, Autism is still quite a mystery to even the experts. There is no definitive e treatment available only a lot of theory and conjecture. So often it is up to the parents on what is the best way to treat their child. So, after a very long year we started ABA (applied behavioral analysis) with which we began to see many improvements in many of his communication skills but it just wasn’t yielding the results we thought we should be seeing. Then my wife heard about the Son-Rise program. Immediately she wanted to know all about it and once she did some research she wanted to get Brenden in a similar program. Well, to get the training necessary, just like with many other things in life it costs money. Luckily there were scholarships available to help pay for the costly travel and consulting fees. Consequently, Brenden has gained so much from this program and we feel so blessed to have been able to attend the instruction program we wanted to find a way to help other families (specifically but not limited to military families)to attend by raising money to be used as grants. So POP was born.
Both. I think many pediatricians are reluctant to diagnose kids as autistic before they turn a certain age. I think that is starting to change though. I also think that there are so many more environmental stressors today that it is having an effect on our children’s’ development. There are so many arguments as to what exactly it is that causes the disorder. Probably as many as the differing spectrum s of the disorder itself. I think I remember hearing on the news that scientist believe they have found the defective gene in Autism. Let’s hope that leads us to a cure someday.
Get educated. Support your local efforts to raise awareness and or fundraising. Above all be understanding.