EFMP supports military families

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  • By Airman 1st Class Deanna Muir
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs
The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to ensure military personnel are assigned to locations that have the services and support needed for themselves and their families.

To allow a smooth transition and continuity of care for dependents, EFMP personnel emphasize that a medical clearance process is a requirement for any permanent change of duty station.

“Families need to make sure the EFMP side on MyVector is cleared, green and ready to go before making any financial obligations,” said Windy Scott, 23rd Force Support Squadron EFMP family support coordinator.

It’s critical that service members and their families are staying proactive. With or without orders, families can call EFMP to find out if they need to be enrolled.

“EFMP is a mandatory program that identifies military family members who require services such as medical specialists or educational services,” Scott said. “If a family member sees any type of specialty outside of their primary care manager, they need to self-identify for enrollment.”

Scott and Moreaux want families to know the goal of this program is to ensure military members and their families have what they need, wherever they go.

“There's such a stigma about being enrolled,” said Kelley Moreaux, 23rd Medical Group EFMP special needs coordinator. “It doesn't mean you can't ever PCS, we just want to ensure that the services are available for the dependents.”

Approximately seven months before their report no later than date, Airmen can log into MyVector to complete a mandatory questionnaire.

MyVector is a virtual platform that allows members to upload all required documentation and medical records needed to start the review process. Whether staying stateside or heading overseas, this is processed on a first come, first serve basis.

“This should be the first thing on their out-processing checklist that they complete,” Moreaux said.

Although this streamlines the clearance process, Moreaux suggests starting the process early, even if orders aren’t anticipated.

“Requesting records from specialists takes the longest for us,” Moreaux said. “So if we can jumpstart that, it’s half the battle.”

EFMP personnel are available to support families and help them connect with a variety of resources across the Air Force and local community while they focus on supporting the mission.

“You're not going to be mission ready and have your head in the game if your family is not getting the care and support they need,” Scott said.

For more information, resources, or questions regarding EFMP contact 229-257-2893/3335 or visit efmpandme.militaryonesource.mil