In episode 11 of the Fort Lee Podcast, Exceptional Family Member Program Manager Nancy Burns talks about enrollment and benefits, and the support services her office provides. This is great info for not only military personnel who have family members with special needs, but also supervisors and leaders who aren't fully aware of all the great things EFMP offers to individuals in uniform.
Enrollment in EFMP is mandatory for families with special needs, which can be loosely defined as any condition requiring specialized medical attention. The program staff works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. The overall goal of EFMP is to help families accompany the service member to the right duty locations, not to exclude them.
The Fort Lee Podcast is produced by the Garrison Public Affairs Office. New episodes are released every 3-4 weeks, depending on availability of interview subjects. The podcast also is available thru audible.com and Apple podcasts.