The Exceptional Advocate

A newsletter for military families with special needs

December 2017
Featured Article

Prepare for TRICARE Changes Coming Jan. 1, 2018

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The Military Health System is modernizing TRICARE to better serve you and respond to changes in law and policy. Here is what you need to know about the changes to ensure you continue TRICARE coverage in 2018 and understand your benefits.

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Resources from the Office of Special Education Programs

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Have you visited the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs GRADS360ĚŠ website? The site contains an abundance of available resources and tools that may be just what you are looking for to help with your questions about special education programs.

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What Can Military OneSource Do for You Today?

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Military OneSource stands ready to assist as you master military life. With expert support, information and resources, we are here 24/7 to support you. See how Military OneSource is the one source connecting you to your best MilLife.

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KIT Working With Department of Defense Child and Youth Programs

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Kids Included Together, or KIT, assists the Department of Defense Child and Youth Programs to help ensure all children and youth are not only welcome, but also successful.

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New Autism Center Opens

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Military families raising a child with autism in the Puget Sound community can benefit from enhanced care and resources, thanks to the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord Center for Autism Resources, Education and Services.


Upcoming STOMP Workshops


Specialized Training of Parents, or STOMP, provides families with information to gain a better understanding of how to navigate through educational and medical systems when they have a child who has exceptional and/or special needs. Find out about workshops that may be available to you at your local installation.

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Assistance for Travelers With Disabilities

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Traveling when you have a disability can be challenging. TSA Cares is a helpline that provides additional assistance to travelers with disabilities and in other circumstances during the security screening process. Call the helpline 72 hours prior to traveling.

Military OneSource Is Here

Military OneSource is available to offer you free support anytime and anywhere you need it. Visit online, call 800-342-9647 or use the live chat feature 24/7.

Upcoming MFLN Webinar

Learn about the resources available to caregivers in December’s webinar, Many Needs, One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver Support.

Reduce Holiday Stress

Learn how to minimize stress, maintain balance and increase resiliency during the holidays in this webinar.

Help Us Improve EFMP

Submit ideas on how to improve EFMP by sending an email to the Department of Defense Family Advisory Panel.

Pearl Harbor Day

On December 7, we remember the service members and civilians who died during the Japanese attack.

New Parenting Support

Get customized information with UbiCare’s Pregnancy and New Parent Knowledge Management Program.


Find programs and services at your local installation.

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