Fall 2018: Celebrate Veterans & Military Families

Exceptional Advocate - Fall 2018
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National Veterans and Military Families Month
As a military family, you’re part of a bigger family numbering five million members. We live and work together, share common experiences and values and have each other’s backs. In November, learn more about how our big, resilient family can help yours thrive and live stronger.
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Help for Families with Special Needs
When you have a family member with special needs, you have a whole set of unique considerations and must-dos. The Exceptional Family Member Program Resources, Options and Consultations, or EFMP ROC, can help - assisting with education, the military health care system and TRICARE, special needs estate planning and much more to help your family grow stronger.
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EFMP e-Tutorials
Recently updated e-Tutorials on My Training Hub offer guidance for families with special needs. Topics include “The Dispute Process” in education and early intervention programs, “Post-Secondary Transition” for life after high school, how to navigate the “Special Education Process," as well as information about “Government Assistance Programs.”
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EFMP Family Needs Assessment
The newly standardized Exceptional Family Member Program Family Needs Assessment is on its way to provide enhanced, continuous and consistent EFMP Family Support across all services. The FNA focuses on the unique needs and goals of families with special needs and can be beneficial in helping families or individuals identify, organize and prioritize their needs for support and services as they plan for the future.
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EFMP Takes Flight
As part of EFMP’s Community Helpers Series, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River partnered with Albert J. Ellis Airport to host an event where they led families on a tour through the airport. This allowed families to become familiar with the airport process and get acclimated to the environment, so they could feel comfortable and secure while traveling in the future. Learn more.

Relocation Websites Relaunched
Plan My Move and MilitaryINSTALLATIONS give families information and services to make successful relocations. Visit these relaunched websites to learn about installations and communities around the world or find planning tools for your next PCS.

Family Caregivers Month
In November, we acknowledge the dedication of family members who support a loved one with special needs or a life-changing illness or injury. Military OneSource offers services to help you provide care while staying healthy and positive.

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November is National Adoption Month
Learn all about
adoption benefits for military families, including allowances
and confidential consultations.

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Education Directory for Children With Special Needs
This guide helps you make informed decisions about early-intervention and educational services.

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Did You Know?
EFMP ROC specialty consultants can conduct three-way calls between you and TRICARE health care and arrange warm hand-offs to installation Family Support staff or other experts to assist your family with special needs.

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Upcoming Webinars
Detour Ahead: Person-Centered Contingency Planning
Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. EST.
For Service Providers:
A Holistic Approach to Supporting Military Families with Special Needs
Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. EST.
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