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Autism walk brings out supportive families

Sgt. 1st Class Martin Taulelei (far right), Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, stands with his family after an Autism Awareness Walk held April 2 at Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord, Wash. The 593rd Sustainment Brigade held an Autism Awareness Walk at the brigade’s headquarters to raise awareness about the disorder and provide information to families about where they can find support here at JBLM.

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This work, Autism walk brings out supportive families [Image 1 of 4], by SSG Antwaun Parrish, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.02.2013

Date Posted:04.05.2013 15:17

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