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Department of Veterans Affairs
 
 This site contains benefits information for returning National Guard and Reserve service members. It contains links connect you to resources or information on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); the GI Bill; transitioning from war to home; health, medical, and employment benefits; and readjustment and bereavement counseling
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Web site provides a wealth of information on veterans’ benefits. Health benefits, vocational rehabilitation, employment, education, and current hot topics are all covered in detail. Visit them online at http://www.va.gov.
In 2004, Congress mandated that the Army evaluate the benefits process and improve benefits understanding and awareness. After studying Soldiers’ and Families’ overall awareness regarding benefits, the Army created the Soldiers’ Benefit Services (SBS) Web site protype, approved last year by the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1.
The Soldiers’ Benefit Services Web site is now the Army’s official one-stop resource for all benefits information. Located at http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil, the Web site contains the most current benefit information for active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers, retirees and Family members. Active-duty Soldiers – to include Reservists and National Guard members serving on active duty – also have access to calculators that figure survivor, disability and retirement benefits. Users must have their Army Knowledge Online password to access current Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System data.
The site features more than 150 fact sheets – in both English and Spanish – grouped by Army component, life event, index and state/territory. Subjects include pay, education, Family services, health care, life insurance, transitioning and retirement, Soldier services and social security. Grouping information by state and territory helps users quickly find local information and sources. Mr. A reserve-component Soldier in North Carolina, for example, can click on that state to learn local tax information and get links to the closest installations.
Veteran’s Readjustment Counseling Service
 
National Guard members who have served on active duty during wartime or against a hostile force are eligible for a range of medical and social services benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Readjustment counseling is provided at 206 community-based Vet Centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Designed to help combat veterans in their readjustment to civilian life, counseling is provided to groups, individuals, and families. Other services provided include medical referral, homeless veteran services, employment services, VA benefit referral, and brokering of non-VA services. Eligible veterans include those with active-duty service in a combat theater during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, in the campaigns in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, or Iraq, or in the global War on Terror. Veterans who served in the active military during the Vietnam era, but not in the Republic of Vietnam, are also eligible provided they requested services at a Vet Center before Jan. 1, 2004. Vet Centers also provide bereavement counseling to the families of military personnel killed in action and sexual trauma counseling to veterans who suffered sexual trauma while on active duty.
Readjustment difficulties can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other problems that affect functioning within the family, workplace, school, or other area of everyday life. For additional information, contact your nearest Vet Center. Vet Centers are listed in the federal government section of the telephone directory. A directory of Vet Centers categorized by state is provided at http://www.va.gov/rcs/VetCenterDirectory.html.
 

 Transition

 
TurboTAP Transition Resources
 
TurboTAP is an easy to use, interactive Web portal that provides life-long support to separating military service members (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and their families. It is a single source starting point for accessing key resources available for service members transitioning out of the military at any point in their military career – these include Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, Small Business Administration, the National Veterans Corporation and the National Guard Bureau. If you are overseas, deployed, or in the states, you are able to use TurboTAP. Once registered, TurboTAP is available for life.
For more information go to www.TurboTAP.org or email TAPHelp@military-inc.com.
Features Include:
  • Guard/ Reserve Transition Guide
  • Active Duty Pre-separation Guide
  • Personalized Individual Transition Plan
  • Employment Hub
  • Benefits Hub
  • Calculators
  • Useful Checklists
  • Site Tutorial
  • Helpful E-mail Reminders

Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA)

Andrew L. Jackson CSM (R)
4105 Reedy Creek Rd Raleigh NC 27607
Office: (919)664-6573 or 800-621-4136 ext. 6573

 

 

 Be Your Own Boss

 
Are you tired of working for someone else? Do you want to be your own boss? Think you’ve got a good idea for a business that can give you the freedom and income you want? Believe it or not the VA can help! The VA has set up an organization to help veterans start their own businesses and establish networks to make their business grow. Though no direct monetary support is available, you can use your G.I. Bill benefits to take classes at Small Business Development Centers or the National Veterans Business Development Corporation. They also offer consulting services to help you prioritize your business plan and get moving in the right direction. For more information check out the following websites: www.vetbiz.org or www.sba.gov.
 

 VA Suicide Information

 
To ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention hot line for veterans. “Veterans need to know these VA professionals are literally a phone call away,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “All service members who experience the stresses of combat can have wounds on their minds as well as their bodies. Veterans should see mental health services as another benefit they have earned, which the men and women of VA are honored to provide.”
Toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
 

 My Health Vet

 
My HealtheVet (MHV) is the gateway to veteran health benefits and services. It provides access to:
  • trusted health information
  • links to Federal and VA benefits and resources
  • the Personal Health Journal
  • online VA prescription refill
In the future, MHV registrants will be able to view appointments, co-pay balances, and key portions of their VA medical records online, and much more! My HealtheVet is a powerful tool to help you better understand and manage your health. https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web.