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Going to Bat for Military Kids with Exceptional Needs

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Jeremy Hilton was named the 2012 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year -- the first man to ever receive this honor. After graduating from the Air Force Academy, he served in the United States Navy for more than eight years as a submarine officer. Then, he continued serving, as a Military Family Advocate and stay-at-home Dad to his daughter and son. He honorably took on a support role for his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Renae Hilton, while also earning a graduate degree from George Washington University. His tireless efforts have reached far beyond his own family, however. 

"Going to bat for exceptional military kids" is in part due to Jeremy watching his daughter endure early interventions that include 1000's of hours of therapy and nine surgeries, all but one being brain surgery. She was born with hydrocephalus and a host of other conditions, which have prompted him to publicly acknowledge and appreciate "small steps" for individuals with disabilities.

Jeremy has put an inordinate amount of energy into policy impacting our wounded warriors and veterans, campaigning for the "Tricare for Kids" legislation (Sec 735 of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act), and testifying before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee in Washington D.C. More recently, he attended the major (first time) conference-collaboration on Military Kids with Special Health Care Needs at NICHD (the kids part of NIH). The conference explored "what is known about military connected children with special health care needs in terms of their educational, psychosocial, and physical health statuses." 

Jeremy Hilton believes moving mountains is still possible, no matter what your situation. Join us for this heart-rendering episode of advocating and celebrating our nation's exceptional military children.