THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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 withthe 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.
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)
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