Going to a Military Installation? Check Your ID

UPDATE June 2017: Current States whose non-enhanced State driver’s licenses or IDs are not accepted on military installations:

Oregon, Alaska, Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri and Maine are on the list of those States that do not comply with federal identification standards and whose IDs cannot be used to enter federal facilities, including military installations.

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When a Military Family Leaves the Military: Your Help with Civilian Services Matters

It can be difficult for retiring service members and their spouses to find supports outside the military system.  Like all of us, they get used to the ones they’ve been using.  Can they access the doctors and supports they have had for their child?  Does retirement change their benefits or access to health care?  How can a dependent child continue their services when their military parent retires?  This chart can help you understand which services their child will keep, and what civilian options you can help them explore.

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From The Branch’s Advisors

From The Branch’s Advisors: From time to time we’ll share relevant articles, tips, information, etc., from The Branch’s Advisory Committee. The Branch is grateful to all the time and assistance the committee members provide and to see the committee members visit here. Jeremy Hilton was awarded the Department of Defense Spouse of the Year in 2012. Here are links to read his family’s personal journey and to share with military families you serve for inspiration, hope and resources.

TRICARE for Kids Update

A Voice for the Exceptional People

What is JAG and how does it relate to Special Education?

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.

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Webinar: What the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) do for Military Families

Hosted by the Branch-MPTAC and presented by Dr. Edward Tyner, Associate Director, Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN), Ms. Jennifer Masoodi, Analyst at OSN and Mr. Tony Lodovico, Instructional Specialist in Special Education for Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). OSN has oversight of the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). EFMP Family Support staff are important contacts for Parent Centers. (DoDEA) operates a pre-K through 12th grade educational system on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) which includes 168 accredited school districts within the U.S. and U.S. Territories, including Virtual High School, which provide free educational services to qualified dependents of active duty service members.

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Region 6 Interactive Map with Military Locations and Contacts

Interactive Map Offers Information at Your Fingertips!

The map helps you find military installations in your State, along with contact information for Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Family Support or School Liaison Office (SLO) staff in each location. For Coast Guard and National Guard locations, we have contacts for the Special Needs Program (SNP) and the Family Assistance Coordinators, respectively. Contacts who support Recruiter families are also included.

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