Exceptional Family Member Program - The Essentials

Managing the care and services for a family member with special needs – whether it’s a spouse, a child or a dependent adult – is a lot easier with the right support. The best place to start is to enroll them in the military-wide Exceptional Family Member Program.

Here are some ways the military can support you and your family:

Find out if your family member qualifies.

To qualify for the program, a family member must need special medical services for a chronic condition such as asthma, attention deficit disorder, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis and be receiving ongoing services from a medical specialist. Family members who have a significant behavioral health concern or receive early intervention and special education services also qualify. Check out the program and what it provides.

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Contact the Exceptional Family Member Program office.

To learn more about enrollment and services, reach out to your local Exceptional Family Member Program office; there is one on every installation. Program officials can walk you through the enrollment process and offer support as you navigate the medical and educational options for your loved one.

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Plan ahead for your next assignment.

Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program comes with a number of benefits for military families, including special consideration during the assignment process. While the military mission is the driving force behind the assignment process, enrollment ensures that family members are considered during the assignment coordination process.

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