The Exceptional Advocate

A newsletter for military families with special needs

February 2018

Month of the Military Caregiver

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We recognize and honor the sacrifices and successes of military caregivers in March – Month of the Military Caregiver. Resources and support are especially critical for caregivers of family members with special needs. Start with this list of services and programs.

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PCS Resource for Families With Special Needs

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Do you have a PCS in your near future? Benefit from a resource designed to ease the transition for families with special needs. Plan My Move has tools to take the burden out of moving, as well as shortcuts to Exceptional Family Member Program contacts at your next location.

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Strengthen Your Connection With Love Every Day

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Rekindle your romance and build intimacy with your partner using the fun, interactive resilience tool, Love Every Day. By sending a personalized text message to your significant other for 21 days, you can improve communication and experience a new closeness.

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MilTax: Get a Head Start on Your Taxes

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Get an early start on your taxes this year with MilTax, Military OneSource’s free tax service, which provides tax consultations and easy-to-use software designed specifically for the military community. Access the software to learn about military tax credits and deductions.

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Don’t Wait: Plan Your Summer Child Care Options Now

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Start planning for your summer child care today. Check out the many options for children with special needs, from family child care homes to installation programs.

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Coping With Caregiver Stress

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Caring for a family member with special needs is rewarding but can involve stress. Understanding the source of your stress can help you manage it and reduce its impact. Learn about the three types of caregiver stress, as well as valuable resources in this webinar.

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Indoor Fun: Tips to Beat Cabin Fever

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Don’t be bored indoors this winter. Let the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program cure cabin fever with a variety of fun activities including bowling, billiards, movies, foosball, air hockey and the digital library.

TRICARE Services

Learn about several TRICARE services for beneficiaries with special needs.

Upcoming Webinar

Join us on Feb. 28 and learn how to support advocacy and leadership in parents of children with special needs.

Valentine’s Day

Nurture your marriage this Valentine’s Day with a marriage enrichment program.

EFMP Quick Reference Guide

This guide helps individuals navigate exceptional family member support processes.

Read Across America

Take the day to read to or with your child on March 2 – Read Across America Day.

Education Directory

Ease transitions with the Education Directory for Children With Special Needs.


Find programs and services at your local installation.

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