The Exceptional Advocate
A newsletter for military families with special needs
Addressing the stigma that enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program may restrict career advancement, a recent U.S. Marine Corps study analyzed career progression of EFMP-enrolled Marines and determined that there is little evidence of any negative impact of EFMP enrollment on Marine career progression and promotion.
(Read the study’s highlights)
To streamline and enhance travel screening forms and processes for military families relocating to remote or OCONUS locations, the Office of Special Needs and appointed medical representatives from the four services have worked collaboratively to implement the Family Member Travel Screening Pilot which has been extended for extra 90 days.
(Improving the family travel screening experience)
The Department of Defense recently published the first overarching Department of Defense Exceptional Family Member Program Instruction that provides guidance to the military departments by documenting policy, assigning responsibilities and recommending procedures.
(Establishing the EFMP)
A permanent change of address, or PCS, is an opportunity to experience life in different parts of the world, but it can be challenging for families. Advanced planning can ensure a smooth transition and transfer to a new school. Here is a practical checklist of things to do.
The Advisory Panel on Community Support for Military Families With Special Needs wants your input – questions, ideas, concerns – to discuss at their quarterly meetings. Contribute to the improvement of the program.
(Contribute a topic to the advisory panel)
Families with special needs can often benefit from some structure and planned activities during the summer. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program is a great place to start.
(Check out programs that promote wholesome summer fun)
Learn more about the Medicaid program's recent resources for military support personnel, caregivers and families. Medicaid: Taking Stock of an Essential Program in Uncertain Times is scheduled for June 21 at 11 a.m. EDT. Sign up on the MFLN website.
Learn ways that caregivers can deal with stress and take proper care of themselves while caring for their loved ones with special needs in this Guide to Healthy Caregiving Fact Sheet.
Special Needs Parent Tool Kit lists the resources, support and benefits available to families with special needs.
On June 14, 1775, the Army was founded by our nation's leaders. Do you know your Army? Learn more.
Support our service members and veterans and watch the 2017 Warrior Games from June 30 through July 8.
Special needs consultants can answer your questions about the care and education of your child or family member with special needs.
Find programs and services at your local installation.
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