I guess we’re about to find out. My husband will be teaching through the school year. His orders go just a bit beyond that, but really, they’ll want to get someone new in and get them on the ball before the fall semester starts. It’s January. The kids graduate in May. I know that’s five months, but we have two kids on the autism spectrum I NEED to know where they plan on sending us next. There are school files and IEPs to be coordinated. There are doctors and specialists to coordinate. There is therapy to make sure is transitioned as smoothly as possible. Why? Because any disruption in any of these can wreak a lot of havoc in our household. I know the Army probably doesn’t care how many doctors, therapists, and teachers I have to coordinate, but we have at least two (I can’t remember if I’m on that list too, but the boys are) family members enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program and soon both will be also enrolled in ECHO. EFMP is “supposed” to ensure that the Army looks at the medical needs of my husband’s dependents when looking at where to assign him to make sure we have adequate care. Honestly, given my ten years as a spouse, I have little confidence in the program until I see it work for myself. Especially since this is the only medical clinic I know of in our state, and the kids have to be Tricare Prime to get ECHO benefits. So, how does that work if we’re nowhere near an installation? I mean it is to our advantage that we’re AGR and stay in PA, but really, what happens? We’re a logistics family. I NEED to be able to at least plan this part, but I can’t. Highly frustrating.
Does EFMP Really Work?
Amanda Griffiths sometimes feels as though she's running a zoo instead of a home. With two active autistic boys, they often make the noise of six kids. Pepper in some Army life and cyber schooling for spice, and it's organized chaos at best. When visiting, please don't feed the animals. They have food allergies.