You’ve stepped up and put your country first. Because of your service, you have a host of benefits available as you make the transition to civilian life. Here’s an overview of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and more.
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 brought about many changes for the DoD Transition Assistance Program.
One of the changes adds a new section to Chapter 58 of Title 10 USC; Section 1155, Statement of Benefits. This addition requires the military services to provide a summary of all benefits available to members of the armed forces and Reserve Components on current benefits administered by the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. The assessment of benefits and entitlements must be provided no later than 30 days before a member retires or separates from active duty.
To meet this FY19 NDAA requirement, the department’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, in collaboration with the TAP Interagency Partnership and the Military Departments, rolled out the Statement of Benefits for Military Members Guide.
The guide provides an overview of the benefits, entitlements and services that service members may have earned, as well as resources available to assist them in obtaining those benefits. Although various department programs are outlined in the guide, most entitlements also apply to Coast Guard members through the Department of Homeland Security. The guide also includes an interactive component that allows the reader to select their military service seal on the cover page, which will link them directly to their service-specific benefits page.
Military OneSource assists in easing transition stress with our specialty consultation for transitioning veterans.
More than one in four active-duty service members tell us they intend to join the reserves. If you’re considering joining after active duty, you’ll want to check out the following:
Discharged service members, retired service members, their immediate families and surviving spouses can continue to take advantage of the extensive counseling and support services offered by Military OneSource – some for 365 days after transitioning out, some longer.
For more services and programs for service members transitioning out of the military, see Transition Assistance Resources. Military OneSource also offers a specialty consultation designed to support veterans transitioning to civilian life. Reach out to Military OneSource or call 800-342-9647 to learn more. OCONUS/International? View calling options.