Veterans

August 22, 2014

VA helps service members prepare for separation, job market

56th FSS A&FRC

The Department of Veterans Affairs new VA Benefits I and II briefings are now available at Luke Air Force Base as part of the revamped Transition Assistance Program. The goal of the redesigned TAP, now known as Transition GPS, is to provide transitioning service members with a set of value-added, individually tailored training programs and services to equip them to successfully pursue their post-military goals.

Service members participating in the new VA Benefits I and II briefings will participate in interactive activities teaching them 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 what is covered in VA Benefits I, an overview of the disability compensation process, and an introduction to the eBenefits portal (VA’s web-based benefits application system). Both briefings are interactive and include practical exercises, videos of personal experiences, and a question and answer session. Briefings are offered four times monthly. For more information on attending Transition GPS, call the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center at (623) 856-6550.

Additionally, briefers conducting VA Benefits I and II briefings are available by appointment 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 serve as an on-site resource for service members, veterans and family members needing information on available resources. VA benefits briefers office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and are located in the A&FRC. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 571-422-1273 during office hours or stop by Bldg. 1113.




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