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.
Joining the workforce after the death or disability of a loved one can ease financial strain and provide a way to find your new normal. When seeking employment with the federal government, military family members may be eligible for special preference programs. While these programs don’t guarantee a job, they provide a qualified candidate entry into the applicant pool.
The Department of Defense provides a variety of counseling options to all active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, survivors, Department of Defense civilian expeditionary workforce members and their families.
The Exceptional Family Member Program can help military families with special needs thrive in military life.
There are several scholarship opportunities available from both private organizations and federal programs if you or your children are interested in pursuing higher education.
Medicaid is a federal program that provides eligible military families with benefits beyond TRICARE. It covers basic health and long-term care services for eligible children, adults, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities and the elderly, and for families with low income and limited resources.
One of the great benefits of moving with the military is that you and your family will likely have a number of housing options once you reach your new location. Each comes with different upsides and caveats, so be sure to consider your options carefully and contact the housing office at your military installation to find out which options are available to you at the time of your move.
Managing the care and services for a family member with special needs is a lot easier with the right support. Get support — enroll in the military-wide Exceptional Family Member Program.
The Defense Department and other agencies are committed to connecting survivors with resources to relieve financial stress and provide information to assist them in their decision-making.
The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a specific member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, including Reserve Components, who die on active duty.