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Benefit overview

As a military family with special medical and/or educational needs, you may face unique financial, medical and legal challenges. You can access free support to help you overcome these challenges.

One powerful resource is free legal guidance and educational materials from your installation legal office. The hours and policies for legal assistance vary by service and installation so you should contact your local legal office in advance.

How this benefit helps

Free legal support can help you navigate the range of legal issues that affect some military families with special medical and/or educational needs. Legal support can include:

  • Education law – for example, the federal right to a free, appropriate public education
  • Advanced estate planning – for example, special needs trusts
  • Guardianship proceedings
  • PCS and deployment concerns
Guardianship Fact Sheet

Learn about planning for future oversight of medical, educational and financial issues of children with special needs.


How to access this benefit

Your installation legal office can provide educational materials to aid in your self-advocacy and planning efforts. They can also refer you, based on financial need, to the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project for more advanced and in-depth assistance.

If your legal issues exceed available local resources, you may be matched with a specialist volunteer attorney for help with even the most complex special needs issues.

EFMP & Me is another source of information for military families with special medical and/or educational needs. Review the Legal section for tips and resources and create customized checklists for your family.

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