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  • Air Force offers hope for families of children with autism

    Raising a child with autism is always a challenge, especially in the military. The Air Force offers many resources to help families face these challenges, and hope that children with autism can reach their full potential.
  • Behind mother’s love: Enlisting for child’s chance

    Hundreds of Airmen erupt into cheers and applause in a hangar after a name is announced. Among the crowd, a young Airman screams in disbelief. With tears of joy streaming down her face, she makes her way onto the stage to shake the commander’s hand. She looks to her family after receiving her award and is reminded of where they were seven years
  • Family Advocacy: Keeping families together

    Whether it’s packing up and moving every few years, dealing with deployments, or combatting everyday work stressors, military members and their families face a unique set of challenges. The 49th Medical Group’s Family Advocacy Program staff want military families to know one thing: You don’t have to face these stressors alone. “The Family Advocacy
  • Airman and Family Readiness Center hosts EFMP ‘Young Engineer Camp’

    With more than a million brightly-colored building blocks to keep them busy, children and adults spent a few hours constructing racing cars, buildings, a tower and just having fun together during the third annual “Young Engineer Camp” at the Galaxy Club on RAF Mildenhall, Feb. 11, 2017. The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted the event for families of the Exceptional Family Member Program.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program provides support to Airmen, families

    Military families are often asked to leave their homes, schools and friends to go where they are needed. In combination with goodbyes and making moving arrangements, it can be a very stressful time. Recently, a family of three was asked to do just that.  In the middle of an already complicated process this family was faced with the birth of their
  • AF family shares experience with child’s autism

    (This is the sixth AFMS article for the Military Children’s Health Month series)  Four year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments –his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forwards and backwards and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add.
  • Autism awareness

    (This is the fifth AFMS article for the Military Children’s Health Month series.)One in 68 children in the U.S. has been identified as having autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism, a general term for autism spectrum disorder, is a developmental disorder which can affect social, emotional and communication
  • Program supports exceptional families and their needs

    The Department of Defense celebrates the Month of the Military Child in April. In recognition of our military families, the 779th Medical Group (779 MDG), Population Health Department would like to highlight the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and the benefits it provides for military members and their families. The EFMP is responsible,
  • Pilot program enhances Autism care, treatment

    A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said.Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters
  • DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

    Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care.The Exceptional Family Member Program supports