VA Benefits Briefings
Redesigned in 2018, VA Benefits Briefings I & II is a 6-hour brick-and-mortar program that is an interactive and engaging briefing designed to enable transitioning Service members to make informed decisions regarding the use of VA benefits. 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.
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.