The Foreign Service Journal - December 2016
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only highlights our legacy as diplomats,

but also highlights the issues relevant to

the lives we live and the work we do.

An added plus is seeing an A-100

colleague in a photo, or when your

ambassador writes about the highlight

of your first tour, as was the case with

the article, “Over the Finish Line: Win- ning Strategies for a Successful Visit,” b


Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius.

I look forward to receiving each

issue, tearing into it during my down-

time and spreading back issues on my

coffee table to be glanced at by curious

guests. With each article, I sense the

esprit de corps and know I’ve made the

best decision in choosing a profession.

Thank you for all that you do.

Cameron Thomas-Shah


Arlington, Virginia

Support for FS Kids

with Special Needs

More than 20 years ago I became a

lifetime member of AFSA because of its

policy of giving voice to issues affecting

all aspects of Foreign Service, looking

out both for the U.S. government and

also its employees.

With “MED’s Child and Family Program, Explained” (September)

, the


has once again revealed the “tip of

the iceberg” in terms of the challenges

we face in coming to terms with a more

diverse workforce, one which includes

parents with special needs children.

Having worked closely with MED

for well over a decade now on my own

child’s special needs, I have experi-

enced a large range of the services

the bureau offers. At one point, MED

was a—if not


—primary source of

support to my family as we addressed

overseas schooling and medical needs

for our child. It was a truly collaborative