The Exceptional Family Member Program

The Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, offers many services for military families. Here are just a few of the ways it can help guide you to the resources your family needs to thrive.

What is the program about? It’s all about helping your family navigate the medical and educational system, so you can have more peace of mind about your family member’s care. We assist by:

  • Identifying and enrolling family members with special medical or educational needs.
  • Finding out what services are available at your present or new duty station.
  • Supporting your family with information, referrals and non-clinical case management to access services.

Each military service branch has EFMP resources. Here are links by branch:

Operation Autism – A Resource Guide for Military Families

Operation Autism is a web-based resource specifically designed and created to support military families that have children with autism. Their website provides military families touched by autism with access to quality, evidence-based information about the disorder, identifying sources of treatment and support on and off base, offering tips for dealing with some of the unique challenges military life poses for military dependent children with autism and their families, and informs parents about their child’s educational rights and offer some practical strategies for success in the classroom.

Military Special Needs Network

Military Special Needs Network is a peer-to-peer, global organization founded to respond to the needs of all branches of the Military and of their exceptional family members. They focus on providing all aspects of Family Support for their EFM families around the globe who have a dependent with any medical and/or education need including (but not limited to): Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Chromosomal and Neurological Disorders, hearing and vision impairments, dyslexia, and everything else in between! Facebook:


Easter Seals Military and Veteran Services

Service members/families enrolled in the program get their own Care Coordinator, an experienced counselor who assists you as a “one-stop” source for a wide range of support. The Care Coordinator will meet with you and help you establish a plan tailor-made for your unique situation. That same Care Coordinator will be there for you and your loved ones to help you deal with problems or concerns as they arise before, during, and after the deployment. Some of the things your Care Coordinator can help with:

– Planning to have wide range of family & personal needs met during deployment

– Identifying and accessing all kinds of supports and services before,during, and after deployment, including (but not limited to):

Counseling (individual, couples, children)

Employment assistance (resumes, career counseling, job placement)

Childcare and respite resources

Helping children deal with adjustment issues at home and in school; advocating at school

Helping navigate and access the healthcare system (civilian and VA) and cut some of the Red tape!

Budgeting and financial management

Emergency financial assistance

– Helping service member and family through the reunion and reintegration process

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial assistance to the military families in need. They provide direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:

  • Financial assistance
  • Emergency food
  • Emergency home repairs
  • Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers
  • Home and appliance repair
  • Furniture and household items
  • Local moving assistance
  • Community events
  • Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing