VA Benefits and Services

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, resources, and tools to service members and their loved ones to help prepare for the move from military to civilian life. Service members begin TAP one year prior to separation, or two years prior to retiring.

The VA portion of TAP is a one-day, in-person course called VA Benefits and Services. Led by VA Benefits Advisors, the course helps you understand how to navigate VA and the benefits and services you’ve earned through your military career. The course offers interactive exercises, real examples, and covers topics important to you like Family support, disability compensation, education, and health care benefits.

Service members will also receive an orientation of the Health Care and eBenefits.

NOTE: Spouses and Family members are permitted and encouraged to attend any or all of the briefings with the Service member.

Your VA Transition During COVID-19

Transition Resources You Need During COVID-19: https://benefits.va.gov/TRANSITION/coronavirus.asp

Transition During COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: https://benefits.va.gov/TRANSITION/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions.asp

Eligibility

All active duty retired Soldiers are eligible to attend the VA Benefits Briefings on a space-available basis.

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Benefit Highlights

The VA Benefits and Services consists of six modules:

  • Module 1: Navigating Your Journey

    • Transition journey

    • Personal goals and priorities

  • Module 2: Supporting Yourself and Your Family

    • Disability compensation and related benefits

    • Life insurance benefits

    • Burial and memorial benefits

    • Education and monetary benefits for dependents and survivors

  • Module 3: Getting Career Ready

    • Personalized Career Planning and Guidance

    • Post-9/11 GI Bill

    • Montgomery GI Bill

    • On campus support programs

    • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)

    • Veteran Employment Services Office programs

    • Additional employment resources

  • Module 4: Finding a Place to Live

    • VA facility locator tools

    • VA Home Loan Guaranty program

    • Homeless support services

    • State and local benefits

    • National Resource Directory

  • Module 5: Maintaining Your Health

    • VA health care facilities

    • VA health care services

    • Family support

    • VA mental health care services

    • VA health care tools

    • VA health care access

  • Module 6: Connecting with Your Community

    • Your local network

    • Veterans Services Organizations

    • Military Service Organizations

    • Veteran peer groups

    • Community Veterans Engagement Boards

    • Personal and online resources

Your SFL-TAP Center will help you identify availability of the VA Benefits and Services.

Additional Information

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

VA Benefits and Services information page: https://www.benefits.va.gov/transition/tap.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/

DoD TAP Curriculum: https://www.dodtap.mil/core_curriculum.html

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

VA Benefits and Services Participant Guide (Active Duty): https://benefits.va.gov/TRANSITION/docs/VA-Benefits-Participant-Guide.pdf#

VA Benefits and Services Participant Guide (Reserve Components): https://benefits.va.gov/TRANSITION/docs/VA-Benefits-Participant-Guide-National-Guard-Reserve.pdf#

The following links are provided for further reference:

Department 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/agencies/odep/topics

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: 29 October 2020