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Transitioning & Retiring – Benefits

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 Defense Department and more. 

Statement of Benefits

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Military OneSource assists in easing transition stress with our specialty consultation for transitioning veterans.

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 DOD and VA. The assessment of benefits and entitlements must be provided no later than 30 days before a member retires or separates from active duty. 

Considering the reserves? 

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:

Military OneSource counseling and other services

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 and some longer. 

See a full list of who is eligible and for how long »

Leaving no one behind

  • If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness or is at imminent risk of becoming homeless, the VA can help. 
  • Contact your local VA medical center, call 877-4AID-VET/877-424-3838, or visit to connect with the care that will get you back on your feet.

Learn more about the benefits

For more services and programs for service members transitioning out of the military, see Transitioning & Retiring Resources. Military OneSource also offers a specialty consultation designed to support veterans transitioning to civilian life. Reach out to Military OneSource to learn more. Call 800-342-9647, view international calling options or schedule a live chat.

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