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Office of Special Needs EFMP podcast series season two

EFMP/Special Needs

Join us for Season 2 of the EFMP podcast series, where our subject matter experts discuss topics of interest and share resources, ideas and connections for military families with special needs members. Created by the Office of Special Needs, episodes include: (1) EFMP and the Medical Component, (2) Advocating for Yourself and Others, (3) Family and Community Life: Building a Support System, (4) Preparing for Separation or Retirement From the Military, (5) Safety and Emergency Considerations, and (6) Preparing for Deployment.


Episode 1: EFMP and the Medical Component

In Episode 1 of Season 2, we’re discussing the medical component of EFMP and how important it is to manage your paperwork, keep up with changes and stay on top of the process to make sure your PCS moves and other transitions flow more smoothly. We’ll also share tools, resources and ideas that can help you organize and manage the process and point you to where you need to go for assistance.

Episode 1: EFMP and the Medical Component

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Episode 2: Advocating for Yourself and Others

In Episode 2, our subject matter experts discuss how learning to advocate for yourself takes time and practice as they break down the process into simple steps. First: Know your rights and the law/policy. Next: Know your resources. Third: Focus on building relationships, and finally: Stay organized and prioritize. If you follow those guidelines, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. And we’ll share plenty of stories, ideas, tips and resources to illustrate how you can become a great advocate.

Episode 2: Advocating for Yourself and Others

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Episode 3: Family and Community Life: Building a Support System

Starting out in military life, particularly if your family has a special needs member, can be overwhelming. You may have moved to a new location and want to connect with others but have no idea where to begin. What can you do to meet people, build a community and start thriving? Get tips on how to break into this wonderful, wacky world called MilLife. Learn how to get started when you’re new to the military, how to tackle and overcome common challenges, how to find and use available resources and how to make wonderful connections that can last a lifetime.

Episode 3: Family and Community Life: Building a Support System

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Episode 4: Preparing for Separation or Retirement From the Military

Getting prepared to separate or retire from the military is critical for a smooth transition, particularly if you have a family member with special needs. Whether you’re transitioning out after one enlistment or multiple enlistments, or retiring after 20 years or more, being prepared and having a plan in place can help ease the transition to civilian life for your family. Starting early is critical, as is knowing how to find resources and where to go for assistance when you need it.

Episode 4: Preparing for Separation or Retirement From the Military

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Episode 5: Safety and Emergency Considerations

Learn the steps to take to keep your family and your family member with special needs safe at home and in the community in the typical day-to-day, and also to prepare for any unforeseen emergencies. This is a no-miss session to get you started preparing and exercising your safety and emergency plans.

Episode 5: Safety and Emergency Considerations

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Episode 6: Preparing for Deployments

The topic of our final episode of this season is preparing for deployments. Deployment is a fact of military life but each deployment is different and every family member may react differently to deployment. Being prepared can help ease the stress and give you confidence in your ability to prepare, adapt and overcome challenges you or your family members might face. Knowing the resources available and where to go if you need assistance can ease you through the deployment and help you look ahead to reunion and reintegration.

Episode 6: Preparing for Deployments

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