Exceptional Family Member Program - The Essentials

Managing the care and services for a family member with special needs – whether it’s a spouse, a child or a dependent adult – is a lot easier with the right support. The best place to start is to enroll them in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Here are some ways the military can support you and your family:

Find out about enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Family members are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program if they meet the criteria for special medical and/or educational needs. Check out the program and what it provides.

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Contact the Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support office.

To learn more about enrollment and services, reach out to your local Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support office; there is one on every installation. Program staff can walk you through the enrollment process and offer support as you navigate the medical and educational options for your loved one.

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Plan ahead for your next assignment.

Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program comes with advantages for military families. Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support staff provide information and referrals, and assist families as they navigate needed medical and educational services at their present, as well as new duty stations. While the military mission is the driving force behind the assignment process, enrollment ensures that family members' special needs are considered during the assignment coordination process.

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