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Exceptional Family Member Program: Child Find campaign starts

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Published: August 29, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 29, 2014) -- The Exceptional Family Member Program is identifying active duty military Families with special needs. Special needs can include physical, intellectual, developmental delays, emotional impairments that require special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling.  

Enrollment is mandatory for Soldiers with Exceptional Family Members. This includes active-duty Army, Army Reserve Soldiers in the USAR-Active Guard, Reserve program and other Soldiers on active duty exceeding 30 days, and Army National Guard personnel serving under authority of Title 10, United States Code.  Mobilized and deployed reservists and National Guard are not eligible.

Enrollment allows the assignment manager at Army personnel agencies to consider the documented medical and special needs of EFMs in the assignment process. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of their EFM can be met. This will depend on a valid personnel requirement for the Soldier’s grade, specialty and eligibility for the tour. All Soldiers are still eligible for worldwide assignments.

If you are a Soldier with a Family member with a special need or disability or have knowledge of someone who is, contact the EFMP at Lyster Army Health Clinic, 255-7431. Lyster’s EFMP conducts EFM screenings, enrollments, updates and disenrollments. AR 608-75, Exceptional Family Member Program, requires Soldiers to update EFM enrollment every three years or sooner if services for special needs are no longer required. 

For EFMP advocacy services, respite care, information and referral services, free educational and training opportunities, resource library and relocation assistance, call ACS EFMP at 255-9277.

EFMP Child and Family Find Campaign activities include: a post exchange display, Sept. 1-16; story time at the Center Library, Sept. 12, 10:15–11 a.m.; Center Library bibliography display throughout September;  and an EFMP Fun Day, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the event field on Seventh Avenue and Castle Way (In case of inclement weather, event will be held Sept. 17).

For information and to register, call 255-9277.

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