Welcome to Virginia!
With nearly 130,000 active duty military families stationed in Virginia, and an unknown number of retired personnel,
Virginia is the second largest active duty population in the country. If you have a dependent that has special needs, you have many options and excellent resources available to make your tour here successful!
To learn more about what support services are available at your present, or next duty station, contact your EFMP coordinator to get enrolled so your family member can gain access to referrals and information about the local medical facilities.
The Exceptional Family Member Program varies with each branch of the military. Click on your branch below:
If you prefer a live chat, click here for more information
We have one-stop-shopping in your search for EFMP Coordinators Nationwide.
Click on the box below for the most current information, forms and procedures.
For more information to other topics related to your PCS, click on the direct link to your next duty station:
Things to keep in mind before your dependent turns 18 years old.
Our Friends at POAC have compiled a wonderful list of "what to do before your dependent turns 18 years old for our Virginia families. Click below for more resources. There are sample letters to DFAS, on how to enable the Survivor Benefit Plan, Annuities to a special needs trust (SNT), and templates for special needs trusts and how to apply for "Tricare for life".
Call DFAS directly at 800-321-1080 or click on https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp/special-needs-trust.html for the most up to date information.
To discuss these topics or help with forms associated with benefits, please email one of our qualified volunteers, Scott Campbell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Dependent Facts & Supports
~ An average military child moves 6-9 between K-12.
~ All 50 States have signed the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
~ 80% of Military Children attending Public Schools & are in most school districts.
~ In 2009, Virginia signed into law the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
~ In 2016 Virginia had the highest number of dependents of Active Duty and that number has since increased.
~ State Legislation: VDOE requires all school Districts to implement a Military student Identifier; 2015-16SY
~ Federal Legislation: ESSA will require all schools districts to implement a Military Student Identifier; 2018-19 SY
~ FCPS: 11,200 dependents of Active duty based on Impact Aid.
~ PWCS: 7300 dependents of Active duty based on Impact Aid.
~ April is the Month of the Military Child (MOMC).
~ November is the Month of the Military family (MOMF).
~ Tutor.com/home: Free online tutoring for K-12 for dependents.
~ Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) offers free counseling for Military.
~ School Liaison Officer (SLO): Resource for all transitioning military families, Educators and the community.
Source: DODEA, MIC3, VDOE, Impact Aid, American Academy of Pediatrics, The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
Military families are at risk of developing secondary PTSD. Children in military families are exposed to stress levels that could be considered toxic according to The American Academy of Pediatrics. The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress notes that, “Military children experience unique challenges related to military life and culture. These include deployment-related stressors and reintegration.” Military children live with the constant fear of losing a parent, parental separation, moving and making new friends, all while living in a household with one often overloaded parent holding down the fort. The dynamics of welcoming a returning parent that has been injured physically or mentally is real. Children often mimic behaviors of a returning parent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Even an at home parent struggling with anxiety can have a significant impact on their children’s well-being. Managing stress as a family needs to be a high priority.
~ WWI (1917-1918): 4,734,991; WWII (1941-1945): 16,112,566 ; Korean War :(1950-1953) 5,720,000; Vietnam War (1964-1975): 8,744,000; Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991): 2,322,000
~ US Population 325,482,580; Current Armed Forces 1,332,987 (Peak 2003: 1,437,450)
~ 42 % of the population serve in an all-volunteer Armed Force
~ 16 years: longest war in recent history
~ Current Service members have/are experiencing more deployments and combat days than any other wars in recent history.
~ On average 5-6 Suicides per week of Active Duty Service Members
~ Terms: Combat Trauma, PTSD/Symptoms, Secondary PTSD/ Traumatic stress (STS), TBI
~ Previous Wars: Shell Shock, Battle Fatigue, War Anxiety, etc
Source: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Defense Manpower Data Center, Total Force Suicide Pentagon Report Sept 2017.