one voice

And I want to tell you how incredibly proud I am of my dear friend Rachel, who kicked some congressional ass yesterday. Who told her story, her family’s story, and in so doing brought a briefing room first to tears and then to their feet.

I want to tell you that Rachel is incredibly special in so many ways, and yet I want you to know that she’s not special at all. I want you to know that there is nothing in her that is not in each and every single one of us, and that once it’s awakened, it can move mountains.

~ From Blogging in Twelve Minutes or Less, February 1, 2012

This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice

For Immediate Release: Contact: Ellis Brachman
May 18, 2012 (202) 225-1400

Larson Measure to Help Military Children
with Autism Included in Defense Bill
Congressman Says Local Advocacy Critical to Measure’s Success

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two

WASHINGTON – In a huge victory for military families struggling with autism, the annual defense budget that was passed by the House of Representatives today includes an important provision authored by Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) that will ensure that TRICARE – the military healthcare program – fully covers the treatments that military kids with autism need.

Larson’s measure, the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act (H.R. 2288), which had 70 bipartisan cosponsors, was written in response to the appeal of a constituent – Rachel Kenyon, the wife of Sergeant Major William Kenyon of the Connecticut National Guard and mother of two – who spoke out at an event about the many struggles that military families with children with autism face with their TRICARE coverage.

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

Specifically, the language included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) will ensure that the children of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps members that have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis will no longer face caps in TRICARE on a behavioral health treatment, known as applied behavior analysis. It would also ensure that the children of military retirees that have an ASD diagnosis would have access to applied behavior analysis treatment.

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

Congressman Larson voted for final passage of the NDAA, although he had some concerns with other provisions included in the bill.

“While I am concerned with some of the other provisions of this legislation, I voted for final passage because passing this bill was the right thing to do to move the process forward, and I am confident that many of the differences can be addressed when the bill is considered in conference.”

The legislation must now be approved by the Senate before it can become law.

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of one voice

Starting a revolution.

Think you can’t do anything to change the world?

Think again.

All it takes is one voice.



* Press release from Congressman John Larson’s office, May 18, 2012

* Lyrics to One Voice, Wailin’ Jennys – Click HERE to hear the song

11 thoughts on “one voice

  1. This is amazing! Thank you for such an inspirational start to this day! Thank you, Jess and Rachel and everyone!

    Love you,

  2. That. Was. Incredible.
    Jess and Rachel – your voices together changed the lives of so many. Not just those currently needing help, but the hundreds (thousands?) that will be needing help in the future, who just don’t know it yet.
    And now, hoof beats off to the Senate.

  3. So important, so impressive, and so inspirational–thank you and congratulations, Rachel and Jess! Echoing Akbutler, next stop: the Senate!


  4. Awesome! Inspiring in so many ways. So thankful that Rachel’s tireless efforts were heard. So thankful for the military-children who will now get much needed therapy. So inspired to act.

  5. Just had to share this with you after reading your post. The studio version of this song is very beautiful… and well, I’m a rabid Manilow fan:

    One Voice
    by Barry Manilow

    Just One Voice,
    Singing in the darkness,
    All it takes is One Voice,
    Singing so they hear what’s on your mind,
    And when you look around you’ll find
    There’s more than

    One Voice,
    Singing in the darkness,
    Joining with your One Voice,
    Each and every note another octave,
    Hands are joined and fears unlocked,
    If only

    One Voice
    would start it on its own,
    We need just One Voice facing the unknown,
    And then that One Voice would never be alone
    It takes that One Voice.
    Would never be alone
    It takes that One Voice.

    Just One Voice
    Singing in the darkness,
    All it takes is One Voice,
    Shout it out and let it ring.
    Just One Voice,
    It takes that One Voice,
    And everyone will sing!

  6. Chills, Rachel, chills! I know you have been some serious wind beneath her wings Jess! You two are moving mountain ranges now!

  7. Dr. Robert Jarvik (inventor of the artificial heart) wrote: “Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.” Rachel and Jess – that’s you!

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