Susan Reynolds is an Army kid turned Air Force spouse who has devoted what little free time she has to advocating for other military families. She became the very first Air Force FRG leader at Fort Bragg and is currently working with the National Association of Children's Hospitals on the Tricare for Kids Bill. Specifically, she is working to get Tricare policies changed so that military families will no longer have to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for the very same, essential, treatments Medicaid recipients currently get for free. When Susan learned that her amazing, two-year-old son, Ian needed a cranial helmet she got a crash course in the inequities in health policies and has worked tirelessly ever since to ensure that military families do not get worse health coverage than others on Federal payor health plans.
Susan is also a representative with National Military Family Association, a volunteer coordinator at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, volunteers with Community Blueprint, is the founder of Cranial Helmets: Re-Shaping Our Children’s Future By Using Our Heads (a military support group), a member of Military Special Needs Network and a guest blogger for MOAA and Disability.gov and she recently began substitute teaching for Fort Bragg schools.
Susan is married to Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Jeremy Reynolds. She attended Old Dominion University and studied Psychology and Special Education and attended Peru State College and studied Social Science Education. Susan is now attending UNC-Pembroke for a Master’s of Public Administration.
As a learning disabled adult, (suffering from ADHD and Dyslexia) Susan has a special understanding and sympathy for everyone who falls through the cracks and she has used her great energy and passion to advocate for military families. Her unwavering committment has improved life for everyone in the military community.
Susan is a tireless advocate for military families. She projects a positive image of military families as a community and civic asset. Susan is fearless and takes on tough issues of health reform to better assist military children with special needs. She has initiated and maintains a website and blog which supports military families with exceptional needs children. Through her work and frequent writing, she provides support and has affected positive systemic health care reform. Susan has a big heart and never loses sight of the invidual. I have witnessed her reaching out to individuals that others ignore in our society out of her selfless desire to serve and give back. Despite the challenges she faces with a special needs child and a spouse who is frequently deployed, Susan maintains a great sense of humor and high level of energy which inspires all that come in contact with her. I can think of no other person more deserving of the Miltary Spouse of the Year award.
My name is Susan and I'm an AF Spouse at Fort Bragg/Pope AFB. I love being a military spouse and I wouldn't change being a spouse at all. I grew up an Army Brat and now I'm an AF Spouse. Our military world is amazing. The people I have met, the opportunities presented to me, and the heartfelt connections inspire me each day.
My hope is to continue my work with military special needs and non-special needs families to update our pediatric healthcare. As a special needs adult, I feel that I am able to identify with the needs of our EFMP community which is why I have been advocating for over a year to expand our health coverage for our children. I will not stop advocating for our children, ever.
Recently the National Defense Authorization Act was signed. The TRICARE For Kids provision was signed too. I have been working to update TRICARE for over a year now, and I am confident that these updates will take place and benefit military families and children. For more information check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eCvDLI0sg&feature=youtu.be
Thank you for this opportunity to serve you all.
laugh...all the time, and smile.
my son, husband, and a good story.
mean people and bugs.
I know I have something good to share with other spouses and families. I think making a difference in the lives of military families is important and connecting us to our community is vital. I know the opportunities that being Military Spouse of the Year can present and I would utilize those opportunities to better pediatric healthcare for our children.
I would like to see Abraham Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address. His words are truly amazing and take my breath away.
I would like to be a strong voice, a strong advocate for pediatric healthcare for military children. It is my duty as a parent to ensure that my child has the best possible preventative healthcare afforded to him, and I will not stop until he and all military children receive that care. That is my promise as a mom, and a military spouse to all military children. Check out this video to better understand Tricare for Kids! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eCvDLI0sg&feature=youtu.be
I live at Fort Bragg/Pope Field. We are not a joint base; we are something unique from other locations. More and more we are seeing branches work together, deploying together, and providing support to each other. We need that support for our families; that togetherness. Processes such as EFMP registration are different for each branch. I would like to have one registration process for all of our families. Military families endure more than most; we need to have processes that reflect what is best for all branches.