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Resources for Military Families

Military families often find themselves facing special challenges in life and in education. Fortunately, there are many resources that specifically address the complicated task of managing the issues in special education when a family member is in the military. This list of resources for military families includes both military and nonmilitary resources and is not intended to be exhaustive, but to present a place to begin in your search for answers.  Military and Nonmilitary resources are listed separately.

Military Resources

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Regulations - Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs

Military Child Education Coalition
Advocacy Helps military children cope with being transferred from school to school around the world

Military OneSource (1-800-342-9647)
Resource - Offers help with a wide variety of concerns for the military family (parenting and child care, education, relocation, financial and legal concerns, and other issues).

Military Special Needs Network
Advocacy - Provides information on the Interstate Compact and what to expect when transferring to a new location

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
Referral - Locate child care resources and referral agencies to help military parents find quality care.

National Guard
Resource - Information and resources for families of National Guard members and Reservists.

National Military Family Association
Advocacy - An advocacy organization for the needs of military families.

State-based National Guard Centers
Resource - Information and resources for families of National Guard members and Reservists.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Advocacy – provides aveteran’s homepage.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Information - A resource for returning service members struggling with reintegration.

Please note: Re: Military Chaplain
Each military base has a Military Chaplain who can provide support and resources for families.

Nonmilitary Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACP) Youth Resources
Resource - For youth on mental health disorders and how to get help.

Family Voices of Minnesota
Resource – Posts current information on hot topics including disabilities, finances, advocacy, local supports, and health care

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Advocacy – A grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

PACER Center’s Project for Parents of Children with Mental Health, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
Resource - Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center in Minnesota for information, advocacy, and support for families of children and youth with disabilities.

Special Needs Resource Project
Information - Special Needs Resource Project (SNRP) provides a basic guide for parents of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs written by a parent in the military

Military Parent Technical Assistance Center
Resource - Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center assists military families who have children with special education or health needs with information and training

Regulations - A discussion of the Disabled Military Child Protection Act (National Defense Authorization Act of 2015), allows a military parent to provide a survivor benefit for a disabled child by paying it to a special needs trust for that child’s benefit

Tips for Military Families: Helping Your Children Adjust to a Parent with Combat-related Trauma
Information - PACER document provides tips for understanding trauma, providing relief and resources for families

Tips for Military Families: Supporting Your Child with Mental Health Needs
Information - PACER document provides tips for what parents can look for, how they can help and resources for helping their child struggling with mental health issues.

Wright’s Law link to Federal Register (Vol 80, No. 112, Part III)
Regulations – Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents; rule covering military families and special education