Military Benefits For Disabled Children

Military Benefits For Disabled Child

Even with few to no tools, parents must overcome the obstacle of raising a kid with disabilities. Military parents of disabled or differently-abled children can provide adequate care and satisfy their unique needs. 

With federal and state programs dedicated to providing additional aid for families with special needs, you may maximize the military benefits for your disabled child without worrying about the maintenance. Read on to understand further what makes you and your disabled child eligible for military benefits. 

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Exceptional Family Member Program of the Department of Defense Office of Special Needs provides support and services to help you succeed in military life. Now, the new EFMP & Me online tool, available through Military OneSource, enhances and customizes support to help you navigate services, connect with resources, and advocate for yourself or a family member with special needs at any time and from any location.

EFMP & Me is a program for military families with special needs tailored to the caregiver. It is available to both EFMP participants and those qualified to participate. The website also provides another option for EFMP Family Support providers and military leaders to help families find the services they require.

You can select from various checklists in each area using the tool. Checklists are expandable to include related activities, suggestions, programs, and other information. Links to external resources are frequently included in tips. You can save your progress on a checklist, come back to it later, or download a PDF of the checklist if you are logged in. 

TRICARE Special Needs Coverage

For beneficiaries with exceptional needs, TRICARE provides numerous services as part of the baseline TRICARE benefit:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Mental Health Care
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Care

TRICARE also offers specialized programs for beneficiaries with particular requirements beyond the baseline TRICARE benefit. To take advantage of the ECHO program, eligible recipients must:

  • Exceptional Family Member Program enrollment is done through the sponsor’s branch of service.
  • Register with TRICARE case managers in each zone.

Supplemental Security Income

This federal program assists people with disabilities who have little or no income with basic requirements. SSI pays cash for food, medical and dental care, house improvements, and other personal necessities. To be eligible, you or a member of your family must meet the following criteria:

  • Your income and other financial resources must not exceed the state’s limits. Combat pay, hostile fire pay, and imminent danger pay do not count against the restrictions of a military family. For further information, contact your local Social Security office.
  • You must have medical proof of a serious physical or mental impairment that has prevented your family member from functioning for at least 12 months.
  • Children under 18 with special needs can get benefits while their parents are serving in the U.S. military and stationed overseas.

Medicaid Benefits

Medicaid is a government program that provides health and long-term care services to low-income people. This benefit is provided to military family members who have specific medical needs that require more than what TRICARE can provide.

Every state has its own Medicaid program, including income limits and eligibility criteria. To determine if you qualify and for more information, go to the website for your state. You can also find more information about government help in the Military OneSource eLearning module.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

SSDI, also administered by the Social Security Administration, provides extra income to persons whose disabilities prevent them from finding or keeping work. SSDI, for example, is available to:

  • Their parents’ work supports adult disabled children identified or diagnosed before 22 years old.
  • People who cannot work because of a medical condition that will last at least a year or result in death.
  • Military families with special needs children or a member with a military-related disability

Raising children with special needs can be a challenge, but for those with military families or spouses in the armed forces, the U.S. military may be able to provide some support or assistance. Explore our resources at PAGuard to learn more about deceased military spouse benefits.

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