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Your free guide to EFMP services, entertainment and educational opportunities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

EFMP News Exceptional Family Member Program

October 2012

EFMP Employment, Volunteer, and Education Resource Fair

EFMP Camp JBLM Page 4-5

Page 2 EFMP Family Friendly Movie

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Autism Resources



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In this issue: EFMP Resource Fair, pg. 3 EFMP Camp, pg. 4 - 5

JBLM life...

Companionship, pg. 6 Online Resources, pg. 8 On the cover from left to right: Katrina Boutwell, Anjeli Boutwell, Kathrynne Milligan, and Naomi Herrera.

Army Community Service (ACS) Director: Alecia R. Grady

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Rm. 400 JBLM-Lewis Main

EFMP Program Manager: Mary Herrera 253-967-9704 EFMP Staff Members: Nancy Dozier: Carol Watrous: Jackie Kelley: Jaclyn Gilley: Terry Giles: Cheryl Hoyson: Timmy Milligan: Anthony Buggage:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-3520 253-967-3553 253-966-5393 253-967-5795 253-967-9097 253-982-2695

The EFMP office has an open-door policy regarding assistance to our families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about available services, concerns, or if you need resources or advocacy on Joint Base Lewis-McChord or in the civilian community.

EFMP News Editor/Graphic Design: Johanna Krause 2

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Special Families of Pierce County Parkland/Spanaway Group

October 1, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Speaker - Paula Herrington, MC, CCC-SLP & Clinic Director CLASS, Inc. See page 6 for directions and more information.

Monthly Swim Night with Companionship

October 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Clover Park High School Pool, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. Lakewood.

HUB-High Functioning Autism Support Group

October 10, 6 - 8 p.m. New Support Group at PAVE, 6316 South 12th Street, Tacoma, on the Tacoma Community College campus. Call 253-565-2266 for additional information.

Special Families of Pierce County Downtown Tacoma Group October 11, 6 – 8 p.m., “Self Care and Wellness”. Sherry Lyons, Executive Director of A Common Voice. See page 6 for directions and additional information.

Oc tobe r Eve nt s ACS Employment Readiness, Child and Family Assistance Center, Madigan Faith Clinic, Left Foot Organics, Missing Pet Partners, Pierce County Skills Center, Third Dimension Salon, Vadis, Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, TACID, PAVE, HUB, Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities, Center for Independence, and ACS EFMP. An Inclusive Workforce; An Inclusive Community.

EFMP Family Friendly Movie

October 20, noon - 2 p.m. at the McChord Theater. FREE movie. Sensorycontrolled environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact 253-982-2695.

Pioneer Farm Founder’s Day

October 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Farm Museum, 7716 Ohop Valley Road E, Eatonville. Free tours, food, and beverages.

Pierce Co. Coalition For Developmental Disabilities (PC2)

October 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Coffee Klatch” Get-Together. This is an opportunity for parents to share what is important to people in their day-to-day lives in a casual setting. Coffee, tea, soda, water, and juice will be provided. To RSVP call 253-5640707, extension 101.

EFMP Resource Fair

October 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Madigan Medical Mall, ground floor. Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month for adolescents and adults with special needs. Vendors include: Bates Technical College, South Puget Sound Community College, St. Martin’s University, American Red Cross, Community Alternative for People with Autism (Keystone), Cinderella’s Closet, CYSS Hired and EDGE, Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill, Hands-On Children’s Museum, JBLM EEO, JBLM Volunteer Corps, L’Arche Tahoma Hope Community,

EFMP News is an authorized unofficial community information source published for members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord EFMP community. There is no U.S. government endorsement of any commercial sponsor. Editorial content is provided by Exceptional Family Member Program, Army Community Service, and Family & Morale Welfare and Recreation offices. Submissions are welcome, but will be edited for accuracy, brevity, clarity and journalistic style. Submissions are due on the first day of the month, one month prior to publication date. EFMP News is published monthly. Circulation: 1000. Send submissions to: Policy: We encourage letters to the editor, but they must be signed. We will consider withholding the name of the author upon request. Letters regarding an issue should contribute to informational interest. We reserve the right to edit all material for style, to fit available space, to resolve libel, force protection and grammar. Although the information in the issue is current at time of publication, activities and events are subject to change. Please contact the activity for confirmation.

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Pirates of Am Special Events are never but the efforts of many who purpose. On August 17-19th, Camp JBLM was held at Center (NAC) on North Fort campers registered for their each other while watching under the stars and roasting s‘mores.

the work of one person, come together for a single the 5th Annual EFMP the Northwest Adventure Lewis. The first night, cabins and got to know “Pirates of the Caribbean” marshmallows for gooey

The next morning, the NAC was transformed into Skull Mountain as 410 “Pirates of American Lake” explored the terrain to find designated pirate themed attractions through the use of an aged treasure map. Pirates, young and old, were assisted by more experienced Pirates from the 23rd Chemical Battalion and their family members. 1LT Barnes coordinated 35 volunteers to staff the various activities to ensure all participants had an opportunity to fish at Shark’s Bay, snack at Pirate’s Tavern on BBQ burgers and dogs, enjoy pontoon boat rides on Smuggler’s Cove, engage in face painting, tattoos, and arts and crafts at Parrot’s Cove, play in Shipwrecked Inn’s bouncy house, sing at Isle of Monkeys Karaoke, play BINGO and participate in raffles for donated prizes. Overnight Campers ended the night by sharing a cold dish and their catch of the day, as the Humphrey Family skillfully filleted, seasoned, and BBQ’d mouth watering trout for all. 23rd Chemical Battalion volunteers returned Sunday morning to cook the campers a farewell pancake and sausage breakfast. Campers left NAC with new friends and tales of finding treasure, sailing the waters of American Lake. EFMP CAMP JBLM “Pirates of American Lake” may have come to an end, but campers cannot wait for the sequel. Camp activities would not have been possible if not for the generous donations made by our EFMP Friends and sponsors; Store Manager of Lewis Main Commissary, Janet Landon, coordinated with DECA vendors to contribute food for all the camp meals and Kim White who donated her time and talents to create our “Pirates of American Lake” cakes. Additional thanks go to Harborstone Credit Union, The Ranger, USAA, Millennium Chiropractic, Armed Forces Bank, Triwest, Equity Residential, Pepsi, and Skookum for their financial contributions, which allowed a dozen EFMP families the opportunity to stay in the NAC cabins for the weekend. All EFMP registered campers received a t-shirt. NAC Staff, Laura Ladd, Rachael Croft, and Kristin Suitch provided support for the event and donated tents, tables and chairs for all the stations and personal flotation devices for fishing pirates to keep us just under budget. Kids-n-motion donated the bouncy house for an entire day. Special thanks to Michele Gross, president of the EFMP Support Group, Carol Watrous, EFMP Specialist, and other EFMP Staff who donated a variety of items for the Pirate Booty Prizes and Raffle Baskets. EFMP Staff also shared their amazing talents; Terry Giles, EFMP Systems Navigator (SN), aka Pirate Terry, dressed and acted the part; SN Cheryl Hoyson took Family pictures in front of the handmade Jolly Roger Flag; and Katrina Boutwell, EFMP Intern spent countless hours creating the many Pirate themed signs, maps, raffle baskets, and treasure chests for all to enjoy. EFMP staff Family members also volunteered their time to ensure all Pirate Camp events ran well. We would like to personally thank the following Volunteers for their dedication and enthusiasm which made this year’s EFMP CAMP a huge success: 4

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23rd Chemical Battalion VOLUNTEERS CPT Christopher Sutphin CPT Nicholas Bell CPT Timothy Cox MAJ Billy Maltbie 1LT Amanda White 1LT Nathan Barnes 1LT Grace Lee 1LT Lakeisha Matthews 1LT Weston Williams 2LT Paul Ballesteros 2LT Melinda Fortin 2LT Xi Pan CSM Luis Rivera SFC Patrick Purcell SGT Michael Marks SGT Dennis Horton SGT Chris Johnson SGT Kevin Slavin CPL Paul White SPC Samuel Collin SPC Kristen Grisanti SPC Quenton Harris SPC Thomas Harrison SPC Dylan Herme SPC Karla Khaivilay SPC Willliam Kiddeli SPC Ebony Kunkle SPC Dean Nicholas SPC Justin Rodriquez SPC Christian Torres SPC Quenton Harris PFC Dante Burns PFC Edwin Joseph PFC William Skunza PFC Ryan Ward PFC Ryan Yerkovich

23rd Chemical Battalion Family Member VOLUNTEERS Olivia Bell Caroline Bell Marchelle Burns Natalie Crockett Colin Crockett Savannah Crockett Ulyssa Floril Jeremiah Floril Michelle Floril Taina Gomez Asthon Maltbie Chase Maltbie

EFMP Staff VOLUNTEERS Anjeli Boutwell Katrina Boutwell James Boutwell Jamison Boutwell Jonah Boutwell Kendra Giles Terry Giles Cheryl Hoyson Naomi Herrera Chase Huffer Chad Milligan Kathrynne Milligan Timmy Milligan Mary Herrera

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JBLM EFMP Support Group

JBLM EFMPSG is a non-profit, private organization that offers events, meetings and guest speakers. Events will alternate between JBLM-McChord Field, JBLM-Lewis Main and JBLM-Lewis North. Visit: for up to date information on monthly workshops, events, to post questions, and communicate with other EFMP families. For more information about JBLM EFMPSG e-mail EFMPSG@ or call 253-278-9749.


ACS-EFMP partners with the Companionship Program to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs and their friends and families. The goal is to assist the participants in finding and maintaining strong friendships by providing different activities throughout the community. For more information call 253798-2997 or e-mail: pccompanionship@ The monthly newsletter is available on their website. 6

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Special Families of Pierce County

Special Families of Pierce County (SFPC) is a support group for families with special needs children in the South Sound region. The Parkland/Spanaway Group will meet on Monday, October 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center, located at 3005 112th Street East & Waller Road East in Tacoma. No childcare is provided, no RSVP is required. NEW! Downtown Tacoma Group will meet on October 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Avenue, on the corner of 15th and Pacific Avenue. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Childcare is limited and only available by RSVP. E-mail to request an RSVP form. To join the e-mail list, visit the group page at For further information call 253-830-4368 or e-mail either or

EFMP Enrollment Process If your family member has a health condition that necessitates a specialist or specialty clinic, he or she MUST be enrolled in EFMP under medical, DD Form 2792. If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan, they are required to be enrolled in EFMP under education, DD Form 2792-1. Enrollment forms for EFMP are renewed every three years or sooner, if there are significant changes. Disenrollment is not automatic upon expiration; it is required for a change in marital status or a significant improvement that no longer warrants enrollment. Army – Submit your completed enrollment forms to the EFMP office. Their location is at the Madigan Nursing Tower, on the first floor, left side, just past the chapel, room 1-28-17. For questions call 253-968-1370. For overseas screening call 253-9680254.

Air Force - Submit your completed enrollment forms to the SNIAC office on the second floor at 62nd Medical Clinic. For a PCS screening or for questions call SGT Anderson at 253-982-3350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695. EFMP Family Support Services

Bldg 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLM-Lewis Main Installation & local resources & services, Housing & school issues, IEP/504 plans, Respite Care, Systems Navigation, Advocacy, Support groups, Monthly newsletter, Disability services, and Special Needs Accommodation Process are available for all Army and Air Force EFMP Families.

Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs Contact the Lead Agency for your counties for a referral for services. Family Resource Coordination - Pierce County: 253-798-3790 South Sound Parent To Parent - Thurston and Mason Counties: 360-352-1126 Holly Ridge Center - Kitsap County: 360-373-2536 CHAP - King County: 206-284-0331

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Online tools

for military members and their families ArmyOne Source

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Attention Deficit Disorder

National Military Family Association

CP Network

Official TriWest websites

COMPANIONSHIP Family Support for our Troops Find the Genius in ADD Gluten Intolerance Group Hands On Children’s Museum Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center Joint Base Lewis – McChord Military Homefront

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Caffeinated Autism Mom Families for Effective Autism Treatment Mission Spectrum Soldiers and Families for Autism Awareness soldiersandfamiliesforautism awareness Special Families of Pierce County

South Sound Parent to Parent Specialized Training Of Military Parents Traumatic Brain Injury WA FACEBOOK Addresses: ACS-EFMP JBLM EFMP Support Group EFMPSG

TACA of JBLM Family and MWR Western Washington UW Tacoma Autism Center uwautism/



Autism Speaks

Puget Sound Educational Services



Military Family Assistance Center

AUTISM WEBSITES Autism Society of WA



Pierce County Food Banks


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Information and events for special needs families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Information and events for special needs families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.