This page contains resources related to military families impacted by disabilities, chronic medical conditions, or who require complex medical care, generally known as Exceptional Family Members. Please share this page with other families you know, your providers, and your chain of command so that all can better understand the issues involved.

The most important thing to understand is that you are not alone in advocating and caring for your child. The second most important thing to understand is that, while there have been some improvements to the systems that support our families, there is much more work left to accomplish. We need you to share this information and be a voice for both this generation of military families as well as the generations that come after us.

While there are a number of downloadable documents available here which are very useful, below you will find specific links to additional information I hope will be helpful. If you come across additional content you think would be helpful to other families, use the website contact button to alert us.


2018: New Pentagon Ad Campaign Asks Parents to Support Military Service

2018: Bad Provider Listings, Slow Claims Problems Continue for Tricare

2018: MOAA Gets the Answers to TRICARE’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

2018: ‘We are just tired of this fight:’ Special-needs families say military is still failing them

2018: Here’s why fighting youth obesity is a matter of national security

2018: Benefits basics: Tricare plans

2018: Military Families With Grownup Special-Needs Children Are Being Denied Important Benefits

2015: Keller military family settles with Department of Defense over disabled girl’s health-care costs

2015: Lillian Putney’s Story, Medicaid and the Military

2015: New Law Eases Burden for Special Needs Military Kids

2015: Department of Defense announces ABA coverage improvements for TRICARE

2015: Panel: Improve benefits for severely disabled children

2014: In Military Care, a Pattern of Errors but Not Scrutiny

2013: Does Tricare care?

2013: The Pentagon’s Letting Down Our Kids

2013: The Pentagon Says No to Disabled Daughter of Navy Captain

2012: When Will Military Kids Matter Enough?

2012: We Sued Tricare and Won … Sort Of

2010: Air Force Times Article related to IG Complaint

2010: Blog Post after Briefing of Congressional Military Family Caucus