VA Benefits Briefings

Army National Guard: State Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

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.

Eligibility

National Guard Soldiers on state active duty may attend the VA Benefits Briefings on a space-available basis, as they may be eligible for some benefits through VA. Soldiers who will apply for disability compensation from the VA, or want to know for which benefits he/she is eligible, need to contact their respective  Regional Benefit Office for more information or visit the eBenefits website. Also, your Soldier and Family Readiness Center will help you identify availability of the VA Benefits Briefings.

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Benefit Highlights

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.

Additional Information

The following links are provided for more information about the VA Benefits Briefings:

VA Benefits Briefings information page: https://www.benefits.va.gov/tap/tap-index.asp

VA Health Care web portal: https://www.va.gov/health/

VA eBenefits web portal: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage 

Army SFL-TAP Homepage: https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/

DoD TAP Program: https://www.dodtap.mil/

https://www.dodtap.mil/core_curriculum.html

VA TAP Briefings online: https://jkodirect.jten.mil/Atlas2/page/login/Login.jsf

The following links are provided for further reference:

Dept of Labor Transition Assistance: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/tap

MyArmyBenefits Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program Fact Sheet:
https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Benefit-Library/Federal-Benefits/Soldier-for-Life---Transition-Assistance-Program-(SFL-TAP)

Online resource for Americans with disabilities:
https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/disability.htm

Federal Civil Service job websites:

USAJOBS website: https://www.usajobs.gov/

Army Civilian Personnel homepage: https://www.milsuite.mil/book/community/spaces/Civ-HR

Document Review Date: 28 October 2019