Family Support

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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When you're moving, your to-do list can seem long enough to fill a packing box. But if your family has special medical or educational needs, help is available before, during and after your move. Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program comes with many benefits for military families, such as consideration during the assignment process... more

Female Airmen Have More Time to Get Into Shape After Having a Child

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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- To keep talented female airmen after they start a family or expand on one, the U.S. Air Force is giving women more time to get into shape following childbirth. As part of changes announced Tuesday that aim to retain female servicemembers, airmen will have the option to defer their annual fitness test for 12 mo... more

Easy Ways to Support Our Troops and Their Families

Support Our Troops on Memorial Day

As we plan our Memorial Day holiday, consider a few simple and inexpensive ways that you and your family can serve the military and their families. Taking a few minutes from a hectic schedule to show appreciation and kindness to someone serving our country will not only bless you, it will also pay tribute to those who have gone before us and m... more

Defense Department’s Benefits Website Set to Receive Facelift

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The military's primary online family resource will be getting a facelift by the fall of this year in an effort to make the site easier to use, a top Defense Department official announced Thursday to a group of military spouses. "This is all out there already, but do not underestimate what it takes for the DoD to embrace these things because... more

Study: Pets Help Kids with Deployed Parents Cope with Stress

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A newly published study finds that military children with a deployed parent who have a close relationship with a pet cope better with stress than those who do not.  The study, released by Tufts University Oct. 29, examined through an online survey of 300 middle and high school students from military families who were involved in programs with t... more

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