through educating and advising the legislative agendas of military service organizations, Department of Defense and public officials.
All children receiving special education are entitled to a free appropriate public education.
The data shows there are systemic problems with special education for military families across the US and the trend is many school systems are not providing the required standards of education.
So, we created the P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Act.
Grace is the principal attorney of The Law Office of Grace E. Kim, PC. She is also an Air Force spouse and parent of a child with Autism, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, PHPV, and other neurological and physical disorders. Grace has experienced firsthand the struggles faced by military families of children with special needs and is able to help others through their challenges. She practices special education law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is honored to represent many military families. She lives in Fairfax County, VA with her husband Joshua, and their children Josiah and Karis.
Kaci McCarley is an active duty Army spouse and mother of a 14 year old son with Down syndrome. After gaining her undergraduate degree in special education and working as a teacher for several years, she joined Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region as Director of Disability Services where she had opportunity to support military students transitioning from K-12 education into adult services.
She became an advocate for students with disabilities after seeing the tremendous stress military families endure during times of transition, and the lost instruction that negatively impacts academic achievement and development. Kaci currently works for the Military Child Education Coalition who champions quality, inclusive education opportunities for all military-connected children.
Crystal works as a Legal Analyst in Special Education Law. A proud wife to an Army Aviator, Crystal has served the military community in many capacities and is committed to serve until and beyond her soldier’s retirement. She strongly believes in serving military families and the surrounding community at each duty station.
In 2014, her oldest son was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism. Two years later, her youngest son was diagnosed with the same speech disorder. These diagnoses thrust her family into the Special Needs and Special Education community.
Driven by her passion to help, Crystal went back to school and focused her research on Disability Rights and Special Education Law. She is deeply committed to continuous service to Special Education families.