Last month I attended the Fort Huachuca Army Career and Alumni Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The facility has been completely remodeled and has some terrific services available. I was reminded at that time that ACAP services are available for retired service members.
Many normally consider ACAP to be a service for only for those service members preparing to separate. That is not the case. All the services mentioned below are indeed available to retirees and their spouses as well.
The Army Career and Alumni Program was developed to provide a comprehensive system to assist personnel leaving the Army with care and dignity while retaining quality. The program is targeted to serve the Army Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members. The Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ACAP Center is a contractor operated facility, and the Transition Services Manager, or TSM, oversees the ACAP Center.
This facility provides ongoing standardized job search skills training, individual assistance and counseling, workshops and seminars, and one-stop-job hunting activities. Individual counselors are available to provide personalized counseling as well as individual needs assessment. A reference library is available for use. The ACAP Center serves approximately 2,000 soldiers, civilians, and family members each year.
The Department of Labor Employment Workshop is held twice monthly (Tuesday through Thursday) at the ACAP Center, Bldg. 22420, Butler Road, Classroom 4. This workshop covers all of the steps to successfully compete in the job search process, including everything from networking, resume writing, job search techniques, interviewing, thru salary negotiation. To schedule this briefing contact the ACAP Center or register from the ACAP webpage at www.acap.army.mil.
VA Benefits briefing
The VA Benefits Briefing is held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, every two weeks at the ACAP Center, Bldg. 22420, Butler Road, Room 1. This briefing is conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and provides an overview of all Veterans benefits earned as a result of active duty service. Preregistration is required. To schedule this briefing contact the ACAP Center or register from the ACAP webpage at www.acap.army.mil.
VA Benefits II briefing
This briefing assists transitioners and veterans in learning how to access and utilize the Veteran’s Administration eBenefits and MyHealthyVet web applications. This briefing is covered on Friday afternoons from 1300-1500 twice a month. Preregistration is required. To schedule this briefing contact the ACAP Center or register from the ACAP webpage at www.acap.army.mil.
VA Disability Claims session
Completion of a VA Disability Claim is highly recommended for any service member who has had an injury, illness, accident, or operation while on active duty. Every two weeks the VA conducts a Disability Claims session at the ACAP Center to assist in the preparation and acceptance of those claims. The Service member may file their claim through this process up to 6 months prior to their separation/retirement date. Service members must have a complete copy of their medical records to include with their claim. Contact the ACAP Center to schedule attendance. Preregistration is required. To schedule this briefing contact the ACAP Center or register from the ACAP webpage at www.acap.army.mil.
Additional ACAP seminars & workshops
ACAP offers the following staff facilitated seminars and workshops on a scheduled basis.
- Advance Resume Writing (Follow-up to the three-day Job search Workshop)
- Interview Preparation
- Applying for a Federal Job (Part 1 & 2)
- Job Fair Preparation
Call the ACAP Center to schedule any of these services at 533.5764.
The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 in the SFAC Conference Room, Murr Community Center. For more information, email retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts at email@example.com.