United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Transition Assistance Program - VA Benefits Briefings

Take the next step into civilian life

VA Benefits I and II Briefings are part of VA's portion of Transition Goals, Plans, Success (GPS), which is designed to help transitioning Servicemembers, to include Guard and Reserve members demobilizing after 180 days or more of active service, adjust to life after the military. All transitioning Servicemembers are required to attend Transition GPS.

The briefings consist of two classroom modules: a four-hour VA Benefits I Briefing and a two-hour VA Benefits II Briefing.

  • VA Benefits I Briefing provides you with information on education, health care, compensation, life insurance, and home loans, as well as vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits information and counseling. The briefing separates VA benefits into three major groups:
    • Work - Benefits to provide the skills and tools to transition back to work
    • Life - Benefits that are designed to improve the quality of life
    • Home - Benefits designed to help maintain a stable home environment
  • VA Benefits II Briefing helps you understand some of the services and programs related to your VA health care and understand the VA disability compensation process. Additionally, you will learn how to navigate through eBenefits.

Spouses and family members are encouraged to attend both briefings.

Optional Two-Day Technical Training Track

VA is leading an optional two-day technical training track. This workshop assists transitioning Servicemembers in identifying civilian occupations, establishing career goals, and beginning applications for credentialing and vocational training.

Additional optional tracks focusing on education and entrepreneurship are also available, and are led by the military services and Small Business Administration.

Video Spotlight

See how VA Benefits can work for you

The video below provides more information about the VA Benefits I Briefing. It also demonstrates how the program has helped other transitioning Servicemembers make the most of civilian life.

See what others are saying about the VA Benefits Briefings

Screenshot of VA Benefits Briefing Video - Erica
Separating from the service is probably the scariest thing I've ever done. But, once I found these tools that were made available to me, I took advantage of them and it made me more confident in my decision... it was all going to be OK.
- Erica, Veteran, served seven years
Screenshot of VA Benefits Briefing Video - Jose
I think the real challenge for me was transitioning from a tactical job into something that could be marketable in the civilian world.
- Jose, Veteran, served over 15 years