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VA Assists Transitioning Service Members Prepare for 21st Century Job Market

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' new VA Benefits I and II Briefings are now available at Buckley AFB as part of the revamped Transition Assistance Program.

The goal of the redesigned TAP, now known as Transition Goals, Plans and Success, is to provide transitioning Service members with a set of value-added, individually tailored training programs and services to equip them with the set of tools they need to pursue their post-military goals successfully.

Service members participating in the new VA Benefits I and II Briefings will experience interactive activities teaching them how to review, apply for, and receive the benefits and services they have earned.

The VA's Benefits I Briefing provides detailed information on education, health care, compensation, life insurance, home loans and other VA benefits and services. During VA Benefits II, Service members are provided supplementary information to expand and reinforce what is covered in VA Benefits I. This includes an overview of the disability compensation process, and an introduction to the eBenefits portal (VA's web-based benefits application system). Both briefings are highly interactive and include practical exercises, videos of personal experiences, and a question and answer session. Briefings are offered twice monthly, once with the Transitional Assistance Program, and the second a few weeks later.

For more information on attending Transition GPS, please contact your TAP manager located at the base Airman and Family Readiness Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in building 606, suite 140. The Buckley Airman and Family Readiness contact number is 720-847-6681.

Additionally, Advisors conducting VA Benefits I and II Briefings are available for appointments outside the classroom to assist all Service members, veterans, and family members who have questions about VA benefits and services they may be eligible to receive. They will serve as an important on-site resource for Service members, veterans, and family members needing information on available benefits. The VA Benefits Advisors' office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday in building 730, suite 120, rooms 126-128.

To schedule an appointment with a VA Advisor, please call 720-847-4838 or stop by during office hours.
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