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DOD Works to Ensure Access for Special Needs Families

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"Right now, each service has its own program, so by having one policy and one set of procedures, it's going to make it much easier for families," Ed Tyner, DOD's acting deputy director of community support for families with special needs, told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

DOD officials say the goal is to make sure no service member's career is negatively affected by having a family member who requires special care.

The major benefit of standardization is making sure before a military member receives an assignment that special medical or education services are available in that location, Tyner said. Until now, such services have varied by military branch and location, creating additional hurdles for families requiring special medical care, he explained.

The 2010 Defense Authorization Act required the Defense Department to move toward standardization, Tyner said. "It's going to be a multiyear project," he added.

About 120,000 military family members are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program. More information about it is available on the Military OneSource website.

Related Sites:

Exceptional Family Member Program Information on Military OneSource [ http://www.militaryonesource.mil/efmp ]

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