The Mailman Center has a commitment to military families and their children. The Mailman Center serves the South Florida military community of families who have children with disabilities, a community that is not traditionally considered a “military community”. The military landscape in South Florida is unusual because all branches of the US uniformed services and all their components are represented here but most military servicemembers and their families live in relative anonymity. All components of all the military services within Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are represented in South Florida. These servicemembers are also among the most highly deployed in the nation, “Suddenly Military” Families” of the National Guard and Army/Air Force/Navy/Marine/Coast Guard Reserves. When activated and/or deployed, their health insurance and income are often affected and they ‘suddenly’ become authorized patrons of supports and services from U.S. Army Garrison Miami and Tricare. The supports and services needed for their children with disabilities also often change.
- Staff within the Mailman Center have been instrumental is helping Department of Army field a new EFMP service, Systems Navigation at 25 sites around the world. Members of the Mailman faculty have participated as trainers in two Systems Navigator Trainings, two weeks in length, in Washington, D.C. One member of the faculty coauthored the curriculum and coordination of trainers.
- Faculty of Mailman Center is represented on the board of the Military Child Education Coalition (www.militarychild.org) advocating for children with disabilities whose parents are members of the uniformed services.