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Transition Assistance

VA Transition Assistance

Where are you in the Military Life Cycle?

It’s never too early to start learning about the VA benefits you and your family may earn throughout your military career. Whether you are an active duty Service member or a member of the National Guard or Reserve, we are here to help you succeed. Click on the button below that best describes you to start exploring the VA benefits and resources you may be eligible for.

Active Duty Service Members Members of the National Guard
or Reserve

Your Transition to VA Support

There are several VA benefits and services available to you to help you achieve success after the military. But you don’t have to navigate them alone. VA resources are available at your installation and throughout your local community to provide individual assistance to you and your family.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to serving Service members and their families. In keeping with VA’s long tradition of service and to ensure our heroes receive information pertaining to VA benefits and services they have earned, we have Benefits Advisors available at all military installations. We encourage Service members to contact the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manager on any military installation to get the Benefits Advisor’s contact information.

VA Benefits Advisors are personal guides for your transition. They work at military installations around the world to support you as you prepare for civilian life and to help you access the VA benefits you have earned.

Most VA Benefits Advisors are Veterans or military spouses, so they can relate to the challenges you face and will help you make the most of these valuable resources. They provide VA benefits briefings and are also available to provide you with one-on-one assistance to answer any questions about your individual needs.

If you are at risk of homelessness, VA Homeless Coordinators are available to assist you with housing solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice- and re-entry-related services, and more. Learn more here: VA’s Programs for At-Risk Veterans and Their Families.

Ready to connect with VA support? Click on the button below to locate a VA resource near you.

Locate VA Services Near You

VA and the Transition Assistance Program

In coordination with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Labor, VA provides comprehensive support through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to help Service members transition to civilian life.

During TAP, you will go through Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success), a series of modules that help you pursue your post-service goals and develop an individual transition plan to ensure that you meet the required career-readiness standards for separation.

In VA’s portion of TAP, you’ll learn about benefits and resources like career guidance, training, counseling, and more. Your VA benefits can help you throughout your lifetime—to buy a home, further your education, stay healthy, learn new skills, protect your family, and much more.

VA Benefits Briefings

VA Benefits I & II Briefings are mandatory for all transitioning and retiring active duty Service members and for all demobilizing members of the National Guard and Reserve.

In these briefings, you’ll learn about the many VA benefits and services, such as education and training assistance, employment services, life insurance, memorial and survivor benefits, home loans, health care, and disability compensation. You will also learn how to navigate the VA web portals.

Read the Benefits Briefing Participant Guide View the Benefits I Briefing View the Benefits II Briefing

Military Spouses and Family members and Transition

VA doesn’t just support transitioning Servicemembers. VA also has their spouses covered. After all, families serve too.

Military spouses are encouraged to attend the VA Benefits Briefing and meet one-on-one with Benefits Advisors to better understand how the whole family can use benefits available to them at any stage of the Military Life Cycle.

If you are a military spouse or a Veteran and would like to participate in VA benefits briefings, contact your nearest military installation TAP Manager to sign up.

Warm Handover

Transition support from VA doesn’t stop when you leave the service. Before you separate from active duty, you will meet with your TAP Manager as part of Capstone to verify that you have met the Career Readiness Standards, developed a viable Individual Transition Plan, and received the services required. If you need additional transition support from VA, your VA Benefits Advisor will introduce you to your local VA representative to assist with any remaining questions you and your family may have about VA resources and benefits.

Online Curriculum

Want to participate in TAP, but can’t make it to the classroom? Transition GPS materials are accessible to all Service members, Veterans, and their spouses at any time through the Joint Knowledge Online system.

Access the Online Curriculum

TAP Partners

Click on the buttons for the interagency TAP partners below to learn more about how they can serve you as a transitioning Service member or Veteran—and your family members as well. 

Agencies

Department of DefenseDepartment of Education Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of LaborOffice of Personnel Management – Feds Hire VetsSmall Business Administration – Boots to Business

Services

Air ForceArmy – Soldier for LifeCoast GuardMarine CorpsNavy

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