Splashing, wading, and paddling were all a part of Fort Bragg’s Exceptional Family Member Program’s (EFMP) swim day at the Twins Lion Pool, June 29. Members of the program joined together for fun in the sun and mingling at the pool. This activity is one of many. The program organizes for the special needs children and their Families in EFMP.

Splashing, wading, and paddling were all a part of Fort Bragg’s Exceptional Family Member Program’s (EFMP) swim day at the Twins Lion Pool, June 29. Members of the program joined together for fun in the sun and mingling at the pool. This activity is one of many. The program organizes for the special needs children and their Families in EFMP.
“We have been at other installations, but none of them have done the amount of activities this one has done,” said Susan McCormick, a military spouse. “They are so helpful, and we really love it.”
The program hosts various events, not only for entertainment purposes, but to educate members as well.
“We aim to do activities for both adults and children,” said Tricia Newton, EFMP manager. “The majority of our activities are directed toward the children because they are the largest percentage. We try to do an occasional adult events and are coming up with more activities for our adult population.”
Soldiers on active duty enroll in EFMP when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services. These needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.
Some examples of special needs include autism, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, mental health disorders, and multiple disabilities.
EFMP helps active duty service members with managing the special needs of a Family member, Newton said. The programs assist by identifying and enrolling Family members with special medical or educational needs. Additionally, EFMP finds out what services are available at a service member’s present or new duty station. The program also supports the Families with information, referrals and non-clinical case management to access services.
“It’s a mandatory program,” said Newton. “Our side is to provide Family support, help them transition into and out of the community, and processing new diagnoses. We try to connect Families with the right people on the medical and recreational sides as well as with educational activities.”
According to Army.mil, approximately 10 percent of Army Families have members with special needs, including spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational ser

Splashing, wading, and paddling were all a part of Fort Bragg’s Exceptional Family Member Program’s (EFMP) swim day at the Twins Lion Pool, June 29. Members of the program joined together for fun in the sun and mingling at the pool. This activity is one of many. The program organizes for the special needs children and their Families in EFMP.

“We have been at other installations, but none of them have done the amount of activities this one has done,” said Susan McCormick, a military spouse. “They are so helpful, and we really love it.”

The program hosts various events, not only for entertainment purposes, but to educate members as well.

“We aim to do activities for both adults and children,” said Tricia Newton, EFMP manager. “The majority of our activities are directed toward the children because they are the largest percentage. We try to do an occasional adult events and are coming up with more activities for our adult population.”

Soldiers on active duty enroll in EFMP when they have a Family member with a physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services. These needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.

Some examples of special needs include autism, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, mental health disorders, and multiple disabilities.

EFMP helps active duty service members with managing the special needs of a Family member, Newton said. The programs assist by identifying and enrolling Family members with special medical or educational needs. Additionally, EFMP finds out what services are available at a service member’s present or new duty station. The program also supports the Families with information, referrals and non-clinical case management to access services.

“It’s a mandatory program,” said Newton. “Our side is to provide Family support, help them transition into and out of the community, and processing new diagnoses. We try to connect Families with the right people on the medical and recreational sides as well as with educational activities.”

According to Army.mil, approximately 10 percent of Army Families have members with special needs, including spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services.

Fort Bragg’s EFMP will have more events coming up in the future including: Defy Gravity, Raven Rock Adventure, and Canoe day. For more information on these events visit https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Bragg-EFMP-ACS-147250535347781/.

 

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Fort Bragg’s EFMP will have more events coming up in the future including: Defy Gravity, Raven Rock Adventure, and Canoe day. For more information on these events visit https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Bragg-EFMP-ACS-147250535347781/.