From the Homefront: Navigating the Special Needs Program

From the Homefront: Navigating the Special Needs Program

At what can be some of the scariest times in military family life, needing extra medical or development help for a family member, Coast Guard families turn to the Special Needs Program. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and in some cases, frustrating to navigate, but the end result is a lifeline to finding the necessary medical and educational assistance.


Special Needs Program: new category policy, assignment coordination

Approximately three thousand Coast Guard active duty members are enrolled in the Special Needs Program. The role of the program is to address the potential conflict between duty assignment locations and the availability of resources to accommodate family members with unique medical, physical, psychological, and/or educational special needs.