SPECIAL NEEDS LAWS HELP PROTECT THOSE WHO PROTECT US
For those of us who come from families with many military members, we know the sacrifices and hard work that service members incur for their principles and belief that there are certain obligations in life that precede all else. Unfortunately, until recently, for a select few of those dedicated service members faced a choice between two equally important obligations, their obligations to their country and their obligations to their family. More specifically, service members with special needs children who received benefits publicly funded programs such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income knew that if something happened to them and their family received monies through the Military Survivor Benefits pension, their children would lose those vital benefits.
It should be noted that the protections contemplated by the law are even allowed for if a service member retires and collects a pension for retirement but also diverts some of that money for the benefit of their special needs child. This was a choice that was too high for some service members and helped them decide to not reenlist. The military spends a tremendous amount of money on training and maintaining our military. Any lost member is a lost investment to put it in economic terms. To help combat the lose of these soldiers, sailors and airmen Congress created the Disabled Military Child Protection Act (DMPA). The DMPA allows a service member to choose a special needs trusts as the beneficiary of any money given through a Military Survivor Benefits pension. This allows the service member to have peace of mind knowing that if they do pay the ultimate sacrifice, their children and loved ones will not suffer further.