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As many as 15 percent of military families have members with special needs.  These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. These family members have a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional condition. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves these families in several ways.

These four articles will provide families with special needs helpful information and points of contact:

  • Enrollment/EFMP – This article discusses the Exceptional Family Member Program enrollment, which is mandatory for all military personnel who have a member of their family with a medical or educational disability.  The article discusses the purpose of enrollment, the process and provides Service-specific differences. 
  • Family Support/EFMP – This article discusses the family support function of the EFMP, which may include information and referral support (to military and community resources), financial management assistance, relocation assistance, and for some families, case management.  The article provides Service-specific differences and identifies the point of contact at each installation.
  • Health Care/Special Needs –  The military health care system supports families with special needs in a number of ways.  This article describes the special services and provides the point of contact at the Military Treatment Facility.
  • Special Education/EIS – Describes two programs that provide educational intervention for children with disabilities who are from birth to three (early intervention services) or are school aged (3-21) (special education). 
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