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 […]

Exceptional Family Member Program – Special Needs – Resources

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. […]

Knowing What He’ll Miss

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN The dream I had the other night was not for me. I think the dream was what I felt inside for Broden. He will miss it. He will miss the feeling of excitement of asking a girl to the dance and hearing her say yes. I had a strange dream the other night. I walked into an empty locker room to change my clothes. I grew frustrated because I […]

Giving Your Child A Happy, Healthy Start

Every mother and father wants to raise a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child. Service members are no exception. Since most healthy behaviors are developed in childhood, you can help your child get off to a good start with good habits, actions and choices to promote health and happiness. Here are some ways to help your kids get healthy and happy. START WITH NUTRITION Health and happiness begins with good nutrition. Healthy foods provide the building blocks […]

Helping Parents In Military Families To Decrease Stress And Anxiety

It’s all about putting the pieces together to build strong systems of support. BY ANGELA SHAW AND REANNA SHAW The implicit theme of the military family is one that tackles challenges head-on, thrives upon flexible thinking, and builds resiliency and independence, but the military life is packed with more than perseverance and adventure-filled moments. Though the military life is a fulfilling and exciting one, it is also a life that is in a constant state […]

Never Forgotten

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Gram passed away Christmas morning. She was 101 years old. She was born in 1916, when people with disabilities were probably never discussed in public forums and the concept of inclusiveness wasn’t possible. I remember it like it was yesterday. Mark and I visited his Gram, Dorothy, in Montana because we didn’t know how much longer she would be with us. She was almost 100 years old, living alone […]