Military Families and Special Needs

TRICARE + Cost Cuts = Goodbye Service Centers : What You Need to Know

Cost cuts are forcing drastic actions across the government. The latest to be felt by military families is a big one for EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program) families. Starting March 31, 2014, all stateside walk-in TRICARE Service Centers (TSCs) will no longer offer walk-in customer service.  Overseas TSCs will remain open due to the unique nature of overseas beneficiaries’’ needs. What is a TSC? TRICARE [...]

By | 2014-02-12T09:00:52+00:00 February 12th, 2014|Categories: Military Families and Special Needs|Tags: , , |0 Comments

EFMP Policy Changes to Stabilize Families – Military Families with Special Needs

As all parents of special needs children know, a PCS is even more complicated when dealing with continuity of care (or lack thereof).  We also know that a PCS is part of the military life and we cannot put it off permanently.  However, recent changes in military policy for families with special medical or education needs aim to help out a bit. The policy changes, [...]

By | 2013-10-02T09:00:56+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Categories: Military Families and Special Needs, Series|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kaitlyn's Law – Changing Insurance Laws for Special Needs Families

Military Special Needs Mom, Jennifer S. and "Kaitlyn's Law" I had the chance to interview Jennifer S. recently about her experiences as a special needs mom AND military spouse.  She allowed me to share her daughter's story and her own battle with Tricare over the treatment. About Jennifer: As a military mother with a special needs daughter, she has a heart touching story of a true fighter. [...]

PCSing as a SPECIAL Military Family

A PCS (Permanent Change of Station) is a normal part of any military family. It is also a very stressful, hectic and time-consuming process.   Add to the mix a child with special needs and it becomes a huge undertaking. The normal routine is out the window. For most children and moms, this is not a big deal. They are able to transition from the everyday [...]

Military Families: Navigating the SNAP Process

Military special needs parenting can be a complicated, stressful, and demanding lifestyle. However, reaching out to utilize the available resources, support, advice, and tips available can make the difference between a successful, resilient, happy family and an overwhelmed, exhausted and depressed household. "We need to SNAP your daughter."  WHAT? I had no clue what that meant when the Child Development Center (CDC) mentioned it to [...]

Military Families with Special Needs Children – 6 Tips to Reduce Stress

Being a military family with a special needs child is a unique situation.  There are  challenges such as deployments, frequent moves, distance from family, trying to navigate Tricare in addition to any medical issues. However, as a military family there are also countless resources, assistance and support that is available exclusively or targeted to the military community. Resources and acronyms vary from branch to branch [...]