Military Special Needs Network

Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent

About Us

Founded to respond to the family support needs of all branches of the military and of our Exceptional Family Members, we strive to support our Members by providing family and emotional support and lasting friendships.  MSNN will:

  • EMPOWER our members by offering opportunities in order to become the best advocate for their special family.
  • INSPIRE our members by sharing personal stories and continuously motivating each other and our communities.
  • CONNECT our members with local Community supports in order to provide helpful solutions and assistance.
  • EDUCATE by providing information to learn how to better navigate the world of special needs within the military.
  • Provide PEER 2 PEER interactions by creating a safe, positive environment comprised of fellow EFM families.

This blog site contains links to third party web sites, which are provided as a service and not as an endorsement by MSNN. We are not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and do not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials.

14 comments on “About Us

  1. Megan
    November 3, 2012

    Does Military Special Needs Network accept donations?

    • militaryspecialneedsnetwork
      November 13, 2012

      Yes Megan, we do. We are a volunteer organization that exists solely on donations. If you would like more information, we would be more than happy to provide you with it.

  2. misty cotton
    January 30, 2013

    is there a subscribe by email option on here?

    • misty cotton
      January 30, 2013

      found it!

      • Kelly
        January 31, 2013

        I was just getting ready to respond! Glad you found it. 🙂

  3. Ann Marie Bezuyen
    November 2, 2013

    I am contacting you as The Anita Kaufmann Foundation with a mission to educate all people to not fear epilepsy and seizures. We have a Heads Up For Vets support program that offers information about epilepsy and support services. Please reach out should you or someone who contacts you need our help. Best regards

    • militaryspecialneedsnetwork
      December 14, 2013

      Hello, Ms. Bezuyen – I apologize. I missed this message. I would love to learn more about your program, Heads Up for Vets, and see how we can work together to support our military families.

      I will definitely be in touch!

      Thank you so much,

      Kelly Hafer

  4. James Dunigan
    December 14, 2013

    I am a retired US Navy man. I have adopted an Autistic daughter and it has been a struggle getting her into the therapy she needs to help her learn to cope in society. I thank you for putting out this information.

    James R. Dunigan, ATC, USN (ret,)
    Also a Gold Star Dad

    • militaryspecialneedsnetwork
      December 14, 2013


      First, thank you for your service to our country. And, for your family’s sacrifice. I realize my thanks are nowhere near adequate.

      I, too, have adopted children with autism. Are you aware of the Pilot program for autistic children of retired service members? I’d love to get information to you, if you don’t already utilize this program. Please contact me at if I may help in any way.

      Thank you,


  5. Ann Marie Bezuyen
    December 16, 2013

    I look forward to hearing from you! Best…Ann Marie

  6. Joseph Gibson
    January 13, 2015

    Active duty Air Force, father of a 8 yo son with cerebral palsy. Just stumbled upon your site while researching the Upsee. Curious to see if this is still an active site, and would love to network and hopefully recieve some help regarding home health services, as finding care for my son is a constant struggle.

    • militaryspecialneedsnetwork
      January 15, 2015

      Hi Joseph,

      We are still active, although, as we all have our own special needs kiddos, there are times where we are more active than others. 😉

      Would love to see if we can help to get you all some help with services. Please check out our Facebook page:

      Also, our president has a child with CP & she LOVES her Upsee. 🙂

      Looking forward to hearing from you!


  7. Ann Marie Bezuyen
    January 13, 2015

    Yes, I would love to try and help

  8. tia
    January 18, 2022

    Good morning,

    My name is Tia Ramseur. I am conducting research on EFMP and organizations that support the programs families. Can you tell me how many members are a part of this organization, where you are based and if you all have previously advocated for any changes in EFMP?
    Thank you!
    very respectfully.

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