Exceptional Family Member

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

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See What’s New With the Exceptional Family Member Program

Learn more about the EFMP & Me tool and other program highlights to improve the experience for military families with special needs.

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The Exceptional Family Member Program: A Program for Families With Special Needs

When your family member has special needs, you have an extra roster of “must-dos” to be a good guardian of your family. Think about enrolling in the EFMP as one of them.

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Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support

Exceptional Family Member Program family support teaches military families with special needs the skills they need to make the best decisions for the person they’re supporting and gives them the confidence and strength to improve their quality of life.

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EFMP & Me Online Tool Empowers Military Families With Special Needs

For families with special needs, the Department of Defense Office of Special Needs Exceptional Family Member Program provides support and resources to help you thrive in military life. Now, the new EFMP & Me online tool, available through Military OneSource, expands and tailors support to help you quickly navigate services, connect with resources and advocate for yourself or your family member with special needs ‒ anytime, anywhere.

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Marine Study Finds EFMP Enrollment Does Not Negatively Impact Military Careers

Good news: Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, does not negatively affect career progress and promotion, according to a study conducted by the Marine Corps Operational Analysis Division.

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