Exceptional Family Member Program


Exceptional Family Member Program 

DSN 742-3323
Commercial: (662) 434-3323
FAX: (662) 434-2483

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri:  7:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Exceptional Family Member Program

Why Enroll in EFMP?
Enrollment in the EFMP provides special assignment consideration to a service member who has a spouse, child or dependent adult with medical conditions requiring prolonged hospitalizations, out-patient treatment, or special educational needs. EFMP helps ensure that needed services are available, on or off base, at the gaining location prior to a Permanent Change of Station (PCS)

Requirement to Enroll in EFMP
In compliance with DoDI 1315.19, federal laws protecting persons with disabilities, enrollment is mandatory for all active duty military personnel who have a family member or other person actually residing with the member having a special need.

Other Agencies
In addition to the (EFMP-M), medical component, other agencies included on the EFMP team are the (EFMP-A), Assignments section of Personnel, and the (EFMP-FS) Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC). The A&FRC provides Information & Referral services and numerous resources (662-434-3323)

Information and Referral
Families with a special needs family member may receive information, referral, and support from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 166 C Circle, Columbus AFB, MS.  (662-434-2790).

Safety videos – Highlight how families can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. The focus of the videos includes fire and burn prevention, drowning, choking and falls prevention

Tricare Special Needs – Benefits, eligibility

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) Federally funded Parent Training and Information Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) – Resources for parents, young adults, professionals, and educators

Parent Toolkit, Military Families and Students with Learning Disabilities – Guide to educate and empower parents, others to help military children who struggle in school

POSSIBILITIES: A Financial Resource Guide for EFMP Families – Free 200+ page resource.  Created for parents with children under 18 years of age who have disabilities. Experts and parents worked together to make this comprehensive guide

Parent to Parent – Emphasizes emotional and informational support

Government Benefits – Location to sort through government benefits available

Disability.gov – “Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities”

Social Security Online – Information on Social Security benefits for children with disabilities

Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

Air Force EFMP Respite Care – EFMP Respite Care helps Air Force families with children with special needs by providing 40 hours of respite care per month so they can leave the house, go to an appointment, or just rest, while knowing that their child is well cared for.


Give Parents a Break Program – This program is intended to help reduce stress due to the nature of military life (i.e., deployments, remote tours of duty, caring for family members with special needs, frequent moves, extended working hours).

-Families may be referred to this program by Commanders, 1st Sergeants, Chaplains, medical professionals and A&RC staff.

-Certificates are issued for a specified period of time and may be renewed.

-Child care is provided at base Child and Youth Programs

-Contact the EFMP-FS Coordinator for your certificate!

 Call 662-434-3323 or Jamey.coleman.1@us.af.mil

 Military OneSource

Links to information on EFMP and Forms needed for enrollment. In you have a family member with special education, or medical needs please contact our EFMP-Medical at 662-434-2115 for enrollment. Please click on the link below for more information on the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).

EFMP & Me – Located at http://efmpandme.militaryonesource.mil is the OSN resource to connect families to helpful tools and information.

Military One Source EFMP
ECHO General Info   The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) 
ECHO Fact Sheet
ECHO Application

EFMP Education

Center for Parent Information and Resources

AF Special Ed Connection – DirectSTEP 2019

Local Hospital Info and support groups!!

Dept of VA Benefits & Services @ AFRC
Jun 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dept of VA Benefits & Services @ AFRC


This course explains how to navigate your transition journey with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services, including: supporting yourself and your family, getting career ready, finding a place to live, maintaining your health, and connecting with your community.

To register call (662) 434-2631.


Federal USAJobs Workshop @ A&FRC
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

usajobsWorkshop on writing resumes, applications, and job search. Learn how to maneuver the federal job website and prepare a federal resume.

Must sign up in advance–call 434-2631 or 434-2790.

Key Spouse Initial Training @ A&FRC
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Key Spouse Initial Training @ A&FRC

<>Initial Key Spouse Training.  Call 662-434-2839 or 662-434-2790 for details.


Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wing Newcomers Orientation @ Columbus Club
  A workshop introducing arriving personnel and their family members to the key personnel and services located on the base. Mandatory voting assistance information is provided. Normally conducted once a month for military and civilian newcomers to the base.

. Pre-registration is required, so please contact your unit CSS to be registered. For more information, please call the A&FRC Relocation Manager at (662) 434-2701

Events are subject to change due to COVID-19, so please contact A&FRC to confirm all events


Plan My Move- Smooth Move @ A&FRC
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Updated information about relocating held at AFRC. TMO, Housing, Military Pay, Billeting, Tri-Care, Medical Records, and A&FRC, spouses are encourage attend call (662) 434-2701 or 662-434-2790 to register.



Heart Link/Spouse Welcome at AFRC @ A&FRC
Jul 14 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This spouse orientation program is designed for spouses new to the military or new to Columbus AFB. This is a great opportunity to increase knowledge of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocols and available programs and services in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Make new friends while learning more about Air Force life. To register and more information please call (662) 434-2839 or 662-434-2790.



Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop @ AFRC
Jul 18 – Jul 22 all-day
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop @ AFRC


Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop held at AFRC is mandatory for all personnel separating or retiring, Pre-separation counseling is required before attending. Seminars on: Transition, Military Occupational Code Crosswalk, Financial Planning, Health Benefits, MS Dept of Employment Security, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Disabled TAP, Dept of Labor TAP portion. Preseparation counseling is required before attending. Recommend attendance 8 – 12 months prior to separation/retirement. Spouses are encouraged to attend with their sponsor. To register call (662) 434-2631.

Key Spouse Mentor Training @ A&FRC
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

If you need to complete Key Spouse Mentor training, Please call 434-2839/2790 for more information.


Key Spouse Continuing Education via Zoom
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Key Spouse Continuing Education via Zoom

Key Spouse Continuing Education Training.  For all Current Key Spouses. Call 434-2839 or 434-2790 for details and to RSVP.