Updating efmp status

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Many special needs families are hoping for change when it comes to the EFMP.

They want to be able to PCS easily with their service member. They want everything to flow smoother than it has been.

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program.

EFMP works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical, educational, housing, community support and personnel services to Families with special needs. There are three components of EFMP: Soldier and Family Support, Medical and Human Resources/Military Personnel Branch.

Hopefully, this too can be resolved sooner rather than later.

Although some families have chosen not to do so and send the service member to overseas locations alone, most would rather have the services available to them wherever the military is going to send them.

On April 19th, 2017, the Do D released a new instruction on the Exceptional Family Member Program.

• Does not create any rights or remedies in addition to those already otherwise existing in law or regulation, and may not be relied upon by any person, organization, or other entity to allege a denial of such rights or remedies. This reissues and cancels “Authorizing Special Needs Family Members Travel Overseas at Government Expense,” December 20, 2005, as amended.

This update means that individual military branches will need to update their own instructions to comply with the Do D instructions. There will need to be updates to the Code of Federal Regulations.

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