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Resource | Jan. 28, 2021

Special Needs

Coast Guard Special Needs Program
The Special Needs Program provides resources for Coast Guard family members that pertain to medical, psychological and physical conditions. Special needs can be broad and include conditions from asthma or allergies, to wheelchair use, or even the need for the creation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). This program ensures that members with dependents with special needs are assigned to duty stations most accessible to needed services. Your Family Resource Specialistcan help to determine if enrollment is required. Here is a blog post that provides an overview of services.


This program offers benefits that include training, respite care, home care, incontinence supplies, technology devices and more. Some of the services may be cost-shared under ECHO or your TRICARE program—it will be determined by your qualifying condition.