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Old 01-26-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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Before I place myself and my son in the exceptional family member program, I need to understand what all it is. My son was diagnosed with autism five years ago and I'm allergic to dust and tested positive for anti-nuclear antibodies (indicating an auto-immune disorder). My husband (a sgt in the marines) and I have been living in NC since 2010 and we want to move to Quantico. There is a school there that I want to send my son to. My husband was recently selected for ssgt and he is asking to be sent to VA once he is promoted. What are the chances we will get sent there if my son qualifies? I've heard the program mainly just keeps families from going overseas. Does anyone know if it gives us an actual say in where we go though? Would it benefit me to join?
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:50 AM
 
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Before I place myself and my son in the exceptional family member program, I need to understand what all it is. My son was diagnosed with autism five years ago and I'm allergic to dust and tested positive for anti-nuclear antibodies (indicating an auto-immune disorder). My husband (a sgt in the marines) and I have been living in NC since 2010 and we want to move to Quantico. There is a school there that I want to send my son to. My husband was recently selected for ssgt and he is asking to be sent to VA once he is promoted. What are the chances we will get sent there if my son qualifies? I've heard the program mainly just keeps families from going overseas. Does anyone know if it gives us an actual say in where we go though? Would it benefit me to join?
It keeps you from getting sent on an accompanied tour where there are no services for families with the special needs. It doesn't allow you to dictate precisely where you go if there is more than one place that is 'sufficient.' If Quantico and Lejeune both have the needed service/school and a slot for your husband, it is up to the needs of the USMC.

Although there was one case on CD Forum recently where a woman was succesful in showing that their assigned base wasn't sufficient, I wouldn't count on that being the norm.

Real world example: I knew a guy who was moving from Bragg. He wanted to go to Lewis, which has a big hospital that had all the services his family member needed. He got sent to Hawaii, instead (which he really did not want to go to), which ALSO has a big hospital that had all the services his family member needed. He could just as easily have been sent to Korea for a year, leaving his family at Bragg.
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