Parents of children with special needs are invited to attend an empowerment seminar next week to learn about the benefits available through Fort Hood’s Exceptional Family Member Program.

For the seminar, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 29 at the Oveta Culp Hobby Solder and Family Readiness Center, the program will partner with the Killeen Independent School District and Child, Youth & School Services to explain how the organizations work together to provide services to the more than 7,000 exceptional family members on the installation.

Even those families who have been involved with the program for years can still benefit from the in-depth information, said Stephania Williams, social service representative and advocate for the Fort Hood program.

“I hope all parents that have children with disabilities, or if they have disabilities of their own, attend this forum and find out what services are available for them, how we can empower them and they can empower themselves,” she said. “This is a new initiative the garrison commander asked us to do to broaden our scope and get information out to clients and let them know how we are able to assist our families.”

The seminar will be held again before the start of the school year. For more information, call Williams at (254) 618-7813.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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