Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP)
Regular Army: Active Duty
Benefit Fact Sheet
The Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) is an integral component of the Transition Assistance Program that involves intervention on behalf of Soldiers who may be released because of a disability or who believe they have a disability qualifying them for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program. The goal of DTAP is to encourage and assist potentially eligible Service members in making an informed decision about VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.
Active duty Soldiers leaving the military with a service-connected disability are eligible for DTAP
Transition assistance is intended to help Soldiers successfully adjust to civilian life after serving in the military. DTAP is an integral part of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), concentrating on those Soldiers being separated due to a disability incurred while on active duty. The DTAP program for disabled Soldiers offers personalized vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance at major military medical centers where such separations occur and at other military installations. It also covers insurance, specially adapted housing, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, for individuals who have or think they may have a service-connected disability.
DTAP presentations are generally group sessions that include a comprehensive discussion of VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program and educational/ vocational counseling available to separating Soldiers and Veterans. Usually, the VA Regional Office VR&E Officer will coordinate DTAP sessions for those Soldiers who are hospitalized, convalescing or receiving outpatient treatment for a disability and who are unable to attend a DTAP group session. The amount of time available to conduct DTAP presentations may vary among military installations; however, the official DTAP briefing is two hours long.
Your ACAP Center can help you identify the DTAP options available to you and inform you of DTAP briefings.
For more information, please visit the following Disabled Transition Assistance Program websites:
For information on government civil service jobs, visit:
Online Resource for Americans with Disabilities:
Document Review Date: 31 January 2013