JAG stands for Judge Advocate General, and the JAG Corps (sometimes just known as JAG) is the legal branch of the military. Officers in the JAG work as legal advisors to a specific command, but their services are also available to individual service members and their families. When a military family has a child with special educational or medical needs, the JAG officer can be an invaluable resource. Families can be advised on their legal rights with respect to their child’s education (including differences between public and Department of Defense schools), legal preparation for deployment, Supplemental Social Security (SSI) and estate planning.  Parent Center staff may find this further resource helpful: Twelve Things Every JAG Should Know: Legal Issues Facing Military Families with Special Needs Children (external link).

It was prepared by the JAG Corps, US Air Force, and provides excellent examples and specific advice for military families who have a family member with special needs.