By Ted Land
Channel 2 News
12:16 PM AKST, March 7, 2012
A support program for military families dealing with developmental disabilities is about to run out of money.
The Stone Soup Group, which administers the AK 360 Military Family Support Program, said Wednesday the program will end Sept. 29 due to a lack of funding.
Money for AK 360 and seven other military support programs in the Lower 48 came from Projects of National Significance, a federal program which operates under the Department of Health & Human Services. According to Stone Soup Group, federal funding for Projects of National Significance has been reduced by $6 million.
AK 360 directs services toward hundreds of military families at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, who need help caring for children with development disabilities.
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is looking at requesting additional funding for the program next year, spokesperson Julie Hasquet wrote in a statement.
“But with the staggering national debt and deficit, cuts are being felt across the board,” she wrote.
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