WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - For a local military family, the holidays were extra special courtesy of the Easter Seals Little Warrior Respite Services Program. Meghan Jaster and her four children enjoyed a luxurious weekend at the Washington Hilton, where they stayed in a Presidential Suite complete with gifts, holiday decorations and a catered holiday dinner.
The program's welcome service helps families whose children have severe disabilities, and also helps military families, whose need for special care of their children added to the demands of service to ournation puts them at the risk of burnout and other domesticchallenges. Thanks to the intervention, families can get "time off" fromparenting and as well as specialized support for their children.
For the Jasters, the weekend of fun and pampering was most welcome: Meghan's husband David, who served in the U.S. Navy and wasrecently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his disabilities making regular work difficult. And son, Mason, age 6, has a severe throat condition, making it hard for him to swallow. Mason's sisters are Afton,10, Lila, 5 and brother Parker, 5. All of them happily basked in the fabled Hilton hospitality, and the support provided by Easter Seals Respite Services.