Your Chance to Help Active Duty Military and Their Special Needs Families

The STAR Center has kicked of a fundraiser to help active duty military families receive the specialized services that the STAR Center can provide.  The goal? $28,000 to help four families.  If more is raised, more families can be helped.   Every dollar donated is 100% tax deductible and every dollar donated will go to the scholarship fund. (The STAR Center Foundation will absorb any overhead).

I am excited to present this to you and am hopeful you’ll be able to help.  Every little bit counts… and for every little bit, you get a benefit too.  You could have your name on the STAR Center website, an autographed copy of Sensational Kids – Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, and more. Plus, you’ll be helping active duty military families with children with special needs.  And you’ll be doing it on Veterans Day (or beyond).

What follows is more information on the fundraiser from the fundraising site.

Five major military installations are located in Colorado, between Denver and Colorado Springs. 58,000 spouses and children live on or around these five bases (27,664 children at Fort Carson alone!).

Like everywhere else in America, more than 5% of these kids have special needs.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a fairly common neurological disorder in children. It prevents a child’s brain from correctly interpreting sensation.

When the SPD is severe, it causes serious problems both at home and at school, problems that affect the entire family.

Caring for a child with special needs is hard enough. But when one parent is deployed, maybe into harm’s way, the added stress on military families can be overwhelming.

The STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center is one of the premier treatment centers for SPD in the world. Its founder and clinical director is Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, a world expert on SPD and the author of “Sensational Kids – Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder”.

You can read more about the STAR Center here.

The health care provided to our active duty military is superb and dependent children with special needs receive recommended evaluation and intervention services. But, sometimes, a child with special needs can use a little extra help.

A full evaluation and course of treatment at the STAR Center costs about $7,000. Currently, Tricare (military health insurance) does not cover the cost of treatment at the STAR Center. And most active duty military families simply cannot afford this large, out-of-pocket expense.

So the STAR Center Foundation is raising money. Money to fund scholarships that will help pay for treatment at the STAR Center for active duty military kids with special needs.

Every dollar donated is 100% tax deductible and every dollar donated will go to the scholarship fund. (The STAR Center Foundation will absorb any overhead).

We want to raise $28,000, so that four active duty military kids can be treated. If we raise more money, then more kids get treatment!


These are the children of the men and women who are serving our country right now.

We want to serve them and their kids right now.  But we need your help.

Please.  Help.

More information can be found here:

Press Release
Fundraising Site
The STAR Center Scholarship Fund
The STAR Center



Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate. You can reach Gina through various Special Happens connections on Facebook and Twitter, or email her directly.
Gina St. Aubin
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