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    Advocates Say More Change Is Needed After Pentagon Releases New Exceptional Family Member Plan

    A , and overdue, Pentagon policy update to a key program that provides necessary support for families with special needs is a crucial step but ultimately falls short, according to some advocates.

    The Exceptional Family Member Program, which connects military families with necessary resources for kids and adults who have special needs when they're stationed at a new , varies wildly from service to service and base to base. Late last week, the Department of Defense released its own program in an effort to have more uniform standards for all branches.

    But Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit focused on special education issues for military families, said on its website that “the update is underwhelming” and noted more clarity was needed for military families.

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    “It's a step in the right direction, but there's a lot that needs to be done,” Michelle Norman, the founder and executive director of Partners in PROMISE, told Military.com in a phone interview on Tuesday.

    A longstanding criticism of the Exceptional Family Member Program was that some families would receive extensive communication with legal and education experts who would provide help, while others would be left with almost no assistance at all, with the variability stemming from differences between the services and bases.

    The Department of Defense's new policy…

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