Special Education Programs and Resources for Military Families

Families with special needs have a wide range of programs and services available for both family members with special needs and their caregivers. Here is a sampling of the various resources and tools available to you through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, or OSEP. Your OSEP point of contact for special education programs Connect directly with your state’s OSEP point of contact for questions related to special education services. This […]

Military Families: How You Can Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

All parents advocate – speak on behalf of, even fight for – their child’s needs to teachers, doctors and others so their child can grow up happy and successful. When that military child has special needs, that advocacy grows to include learning laws, finding resources and even representing your child to special program administrators, school boards and others. When you are an effective advocate, you can maneuver through additional steps or necessary paperwork to get […]

Keep Your Relationship Strong: 8 Tips for Military Parents Raising Children With Special Needs

Research shows raising a child with special needs can test a marriage. As a military family you have a strong foundation to work from, but the ability to depend on one another and teamwork are key. With determination, communication and the tips below, you can keep your relationship strong and your family thriving. Both you and your partner need to acknowledge and understand your child’s diagnosis from a doctor you both trust. You’ll never be […]

Office of Community Support for Military Families With Special Needs

If your military family has a family member or child with special needs, there are numerous resources, services and programs available to help you. But where do you start? Here are some top resources. The Exceptional Family Member Program Sometimes half the battle of managing your family member’s care is knowing what resources and services are available and how to access them. The Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, is a great place to begin. […]

Caregiver Families, This is Our Promise to Your Children

By: Joyce Raezer, Executive Director of the National Military Family Association and Steve Schwab, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Military kids serve, too! We believe it so strongly, it has become a rallying cry. We know military kids often become caregivers during deployments. They take care of younger siblings, worry about how mom is doing while dad is deployed, and take on extra chores. But, most of our thinking about military kids and […]

Special Care Organizational Record for Adults with Special Health Care Needs

The Special Care Organization Record for Adults is an organizing tool for families with an adult member with special health care needs. It is intended to help track and organize information in one central location and to make it easier for someone to care for your family member when you are unable to do so. This product can be downloaded now to your computer. https://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/EFMP/PTK_SCORs/SCOR_Adult.pdf

Understanding Accessible Housing: The Fair Housing Act

An accessible home is one that allows its occupant to do what he or she wants and needs to do, as independently as possible. If you or someone in your family is disabled, your home may need specific modifications to make it accessible for daily living. You are protected under the Fair Housing Act, which stipulates property owners to make, or allow residents to make, a home accessible for those with specific or special needs. […]

Critically Ill Children of Active Military Families Find Comfort and Healing through Believe In Tomorrow Foundation’s Military Family Initiative

They come from Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida, and other major pediatric hospitals that serve U.S. Military families throughout the United States. In their effort to get away from the stress of medical treatments and military family life, they often discover so much more… in tranquil Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation beach and mountain respite facilities located throughout the mid-Atlantic area. Unique […]

Medicaid for Family Members with Special Needs

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. This benefit may be available for military family members who have special needs and require medical care. Who is eligible for Medicaid? State governments generally determine which groups their Medicaid programs will […]

How to Create a Family Care Plan for Caregivers

Whether it’s a deployment or training, sometimes our military careers take us away from loved ones and we leave them in the care of others. A family care plan is designed to guide caregivers, providing the important details about child care, school, medical care and family activities. An official family care plan is required for military members and it must be kept up to date. Find your service’s family care plan guidance below: Army Family […]