New Guide for Families with Special Needs Adults

When we think of military family members with special needs, we usually think about special needs children. However, it is important to remember that many military families include an adult with special needs as well, whether it is an adult child with a disability, a spouse who has sustained an illness or injury, or an extended family member who is reliant on the service member for care. While these families confront many of the same issues faced by parents with special needs children, families with adult special needs members face additional questions. What resources are available to them through the military and TRICARE? What are sources of community support? How can they help their family member transition to independent living?

To help these military families, Military OneSource has issued a new publication, the Guide for Adults with Special Needs. The guide is divided into nine modules and provides information on a wide range of issues important to families with a special needs adult. It includes a list of resources available through the military, information about the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), and details about TRICARE benefits, including a comprehensive guide to benefits available through the Extended Health Care Option (ECHO). The guide also offers tips for families preparing for a deployment or planning a move with a special needs family member, as well as guidance on financial planning and end of life care. Information about community support services, educational resources, and options for independent or assisted living arrangements is also included. The guide is intended to help military families become more effective advocates for their special needs loved ones so they can enjoy the best possible quality of life.

Families can access the guide or learn more about helping special needs family members via Military OneSource.

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