We finally got John's military ID renewed today. Since he's 21, I had to establish his dependency on me. You'd think all I'd have to do is show he's autistic. That's one small part of it. I had to fill out this 5 page form and show all the financial expenses we've incurs for John for the previous 12 months. It may not sound all that difficult, but try going back through your checkbook and bills for the last year, add them up and divide by 5. Now 6 with the baby.
Since I'm such a procrastinator, I didn't get it submitted to DFAS (and processed) before his 21st birthday. Technically, his last ID card expired. I had to spend several hours on the phone trying to find the right person at DEERS to give us a temporary extension. DEERS is the system that holds the eligibility status and information for all service members and their families.
It all worked out in the end. The good people at DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting) processed his paperwork and we had an approval letter within a week.
Of Course, John didn't mind getting out of school early. He's been in one school or another for 19 years now. That's longer than most doctors and lawyers, but very normal for special needs people. We're still not sure about a follow-on day program after graduation. Our first choice fell through, so we're still looking.
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