VA Benefits Briefings
Regular Army: Active Duty
Benefit Fact Sheet
VA Benefits I and II briefings are mandatory components of the Army's Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP). These briefings provide an overview of VA benefits for which a transitioning Service member and/or their dependents may be eligible. During the briefings, Service members will be provided information on education, training, and upskilling, economic opportunities, estate planning, housing, health care, and compensation benefits. Service members will also receive an orientation of the Health Care and eBenefits. Special consideration and additional counseling is given to those Service members who know or believe they will receive disability compensation from the VA following their transition into civilian life.
The goal of the Benefits Briefings is twofold: first, to encourage and assist Service members in making informed decisions about benefits for which they may be eligible. Finally, Service members who will be claiming a disability are placed into the claims, healthcare, and educational/employment assistance programs as quickly as possible. This speeds up the process and reduces critical wait time for these Service members.
NOTE: Spouses and Family members are permitted and encouraged to attend any or all of the briefings with the Service member.
All active duty Service members who are transitioning from the military after 180 days of continuous service are required to attend the VA Benefits briefings prior to their separation date. This includes Service members being processed for medical or other involuntary separations.
The VA Benefits briefings consist of two classroom modules: a four-hour Benefits I Briefing and a two-hour Benefits II Briefing.
The Benefits I Briefing covers the following:
- Module 1: Education (GI Bills), Training, and Upskilling
- Module 2: Economic Opportunities
- Module 3: Estate Planning
- Module 4: Housing
- Module 5: Health Care
The Benefits II Briefing covers the following:
- Navigation of VA Health Care Web Portal
- Module 6: Compensation Benefits and Claims Process
- Navigation of VA eBenefits Web Portal
Your SFL-TAP Center will help you identify availability of the VA Benefits Briefings.
The following links are provided for more information about the VA Benefits Briefings:
VA Benefits Briefings information page: http://www.benefits.va.gov/tap/
VA Health Care web portal: http://www.va.gov/health/
VA eBenefits web portal: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage
Veterans Employment CenterTM (VECTM): https://www.vets.gov/veterans-employment-center/
Army SFL-TAP Homepage: https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/default.aspx
The following links are provided for further reference:
Dept of Labor Transition Assistance: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap/tap_fs.htm
MyArmyBenefits Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program Fact Sheet: http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Federal_Benefits_Page/Soldier_for_Life_-_Transition_Assistance_Program_%28SFL-TAP%29_%28formerly_ACAP%29.html
Online resource for Americans with disabilities: https://www.disability.gov/
Federal Civil Service job websites:
USAJOBS website: https://www.usajobs.gov/
Army Civilian Personnel homepage: http://cpol.army.mil/
Document Review Date: 3 March 2016