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Best Resources for Transitioning During the Pandemic

Best Resources for Transitioning During the Pandemic

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As if transitioning out of the military isn’t already challenging enough, transitioning during a global pandemic is even more difficult. You have to jump through even more hurdles, and it’s much harder to meet with someone in person to get assistance.

We want to make the military transition process as stress-free as possible, so we have put together a few resources you might find helpful during your transition to civilian life. Keep reading to learn more.

How do I apply for benefits?

O ne of the first things you might be wondering about is “how do I file a claim for VA benefits without being able to visit a VA facility?” Don’t worry. You can apply for all of your VA benefits right on the VA.gov website. The VA can still process your claim virtually and if they require medical evidence to approve your claim, they can set up a virtual appointment with you to see a doctor from the comfort of your home.

I need to attend TAP

As part of the transition process, you have to attend the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), but classes were canceled in person due to the pandemic. You now can attend these classes online, so you don’t have to worry about your transition process getting delayed. You can take your TAP courses in your own time and even re-watch a class if you need more clarification.

Can I still use my GI Bill?

Did your classes get moved to an online format? That’s ok. The VA plans to honor all current GI Bill students enrolled as attending on-campus, even if you had to make a switch from in-person to online format. If you have any specific questions about how the VA will handle changes to your GI Bill, you can visit their website.

Can I still get help with Personalized Career Planning?

If you are enrolled in the Chapter 36 Personalized Career Planning program, you will still be able to receive guidance from your assigned counselor, even during the pandemic. You can also still enroll in this program if you believe that you will be eligible, and they will assess your needs and eligibility.

Are there services for mental health?

With the combined stress of transitioning out of the military and a global pandemic, it is understandable that more Veterans are seeking assistance with mental health. There are a lot of excellent mental health services available on the VA website. They even offer 24/7 support for Veterans.

Hopefully, these resources will help make the transition process a little easier, even if you cannot meet with a transition counselor in person. There are even more great resources available online at VA.gov. You can also check out some of our other blogs for more tips and tricks on transitioning to civilian life.

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What are the benefits of Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)?

What are the benefits of Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)?

What's the difference between Montgomery vs. Post-9/11 GI Bill

Are you a Veteran with a service-related disability? You might think this disability will prevent you from working and taking care of yourself, but the Veteran Readiness and Employment program (VR&E) is an option you might want to consider. This program was formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, and it offers 5 support-and-services tracks to help you find and keep a job, and live as independently as possible. Keep reading to learn more about these tracks and how they can help you.

VR&E Reemployment Track

This track helps you through the process of returning to the job you held before you were deployed. As a Veteran, you’re protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which means you can’t be disadvantaged in your civilian career because of your service. If you have a service-connected disability the Reemployment track can help your former employer accommodate your needs.

You might be eligible for the Reemployment Track if you’re a Veteran with a service-connected disability, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Have an employment barrier or handicap, and
  • Are enrolled in Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), and
  • Would like to return to your former job

To apply for this track you will need to apply for VR&E benefits and work with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC).

Rapid Access to Employment Track

This track provides tools to help with your job search, professional or vocational counseling, helping with writing your resume and preparing for interviews, and help determining if you’re eligible for Veterans’ Preference. You’ll want to consider this track if you are interested in following an employment path that uses your existing skill set.

You may be eligible for these benefits if you’re a service member or Veteran with a service-connected disability, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Have an employment handicap or barrier, and
  • Are enrolled in VR&E, and
  • Already have experience, education, or training in your field of interest

Self-Employment Track

This track provides coordination services and help with developing a proposed business plan, analysis of your business concept, training in small-business operations, marketing, and finances, and guidance in getting the right resources to implement your business plan. You might choose this track if you have the skills and desire to run your own business.

You might be eligible for these benefits if you’re a service member or Veteran with a service-connected disability, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true:

  • You have an employment barrier or handicap, and
  • You’re enrolled in VR&E, and
  • Your service-connected disability makes it hard for you to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment (a job that doesn’t make your disability worse, is stable, and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests)

Employment Through Long-Term Services Track

This track provides a complete skills assessment, career guidance, job-market evaluation, education and training for a professional or vocational field that’s a good fit for you, apprenticeship, on-the-job training, volunteer opportunities, and employment assistance. This track is ideal for someone whose service-connected disability makes it difficult for them to be successful in their current employment path. You will work with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who will help you find work in a field that better suits your current abilities and interests.

You may be eligible for these benefits if you’re a service member or Veteran with a service-connected disability, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true:

  • You have an employment barrier or handicap, and
  • You’re enrolled in VR&E, and
  • Your service-connected disability makes it hard for you to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment (a job that doesn’t make your disability worse, is stable, and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests)

Independent Living Track

Depending on your individual needs, this track offers evaluation and counseling to identify your needs and goals, referral to support resources, evaluation to see if you’re eligible for the VR&E home adaptation grant, and guidance to help you understand if you’re eligible for our adaptive-housing programs. You might want to consider this track if your service-connected disability limits your ability to perform daily activities like bathing, dressing, and interacting with others, and makes it difficult for you to return to work.

You may be eligible for independent living services if you’re a service member or Veteran with a service-connected disability who is eligible for VR&E benefits, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true:

  • You have a serious employment handicap (SEH), and
  • Your disabilities prevent you from looking for or returning to work, and
  • You’re in need of services to live as independently as possible

To apply for any one of these tracks you will need to apply for VR&E benefits and work with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). They will help you determine which track is the best fit for you and your needs.

Regardless of which track you choose, the VR&E program is a great resource for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. It helps with the transition process and getting you successfully fitted for a civilian career. For more information about Veteran career searches, check out our other blogs.

What’s the difference between Montgomery vs. Post-9/11 GI Bill

What’s the difference between Montgomery vs. Post-9/11 GI Bill

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​You’ve decided you’re ready to go back to school and use your GI Bill, but which GI Bill will you use? Both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill have great benefits and would be good options, but it’s important to choose the one that will be best for you. We want to make this decision a little easier for you, so we’ve taken the time to break down both of these options to help you make the best decision.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Eligibility

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to help you pay for school or job training if you served on active duty after September 10, 2001.

You may be eligible for Post-9/11 education benefits if you meet at least one of these requirements.

At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

If you choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill can receive up to 36 months of benefits. These benefits include:

  • Tuition and fees. If you qualify for the maximum benefit, the full cost of public, in-state tuition and fees will be covered.
  • The rates are capped for private and foreign schools, but updated each year on the VA website.
  • Money for housing (if you’re in school more than half time). Your monthly housing allowance will be based on the cost of living where your school is located.
  • Money for books and supplies. You can receive up to $1,000 per school year.
  • Money to help you move from a rural area to go to school. You may qualify for this one-time payment of $500 if you live in a county with 6 or fewer people per square mile and you’re either moving at least 500 miles to go to school or have no other option but to fly by plane to get to your school.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Expiration and Usage

If you plan to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill you need to be aware of the timeline for expiration.

  • If your service ended before January 1, 2013, your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will expire 15 years after your last separation date from active service. You must use all of your benefits by that time or you’ll lose whatever’s left.
  • If your service ended on or after January 1, 2013, your benefits won’t expire thanks to a new law called the Forever GI Bill – Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act.

Once you’ve decided the Post-9/11 GI Bill is right for you, you’ll need to apply online at VA.gov.
The benefit amount you’ll receive will depend on which school you go to, how much active-duty service you’ve had since September 10, 2001, and how many credits or training hours you will be taking.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Eligibility

The Montgomery GI BIll Active Duty will help you pay for education and training programs if you’ve served at least two years on active duty. You may be eligible for education benefits through this program if you were honorably discharged and you meet the requirements of one of the categories below.

Category I

All of these are true. You:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, and
  • Had your military pay reduced by $100 a month for the first 12 months of service

And at least one of these is true. You served continuously (without a break) for:

  • 3 years, or
  • 2 years if that was your agreement when you enlisted, or
  • 4 years if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty (called the 2 by 4 program)

Category II

All of these are true. You:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • Entered active duty before January 1, 1977 (or before January 2, 1978, under a delayed enlistment program contracted before January 1, 1977), and
  • Served at least 1 day between October 19, 1984, and June 30, 1985, and stayed on active duty through June 30, 1988 (or through June 30, 1987, if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years), and
  • Had at least 1 day of entitlement left under the Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34) as of December 31, 1989

Category III

All of these are true. You:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • Don’t qualify for MGIB under categories I or II, and
  • Had your military pay reduced by $1,200 before separation

And one of these is true. You:

  • Were on active duty on September 30, 1990, and involuntarily separated (not by your choice) after February 2, 1991, or
  • Involuntarily separated on or after November 30, 1993, or
  • Chose to voluntarily separate under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) program or the Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program

Category IV

Both of these are true. You:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution (meaning you paid it all at once)

And one of these is true. You:

  • Were on active duty on October 9, 1996, had money left in a VEAP account on that date, and chose MGIB before October 9, 1997, or
  • Entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between July 1, 1985, and November 28, 1989, and chose MGIB between October 9, 1996, and July 9, 1997

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Benefits

If you choose to use the Montgomer GI Bill you may get up to 36 months of education benefits, which will be paid monthly. The amount you’ll receive depends on the following factors:

  • Your length of service, and
  • The type of education or training program you choose, and
  • Your category (as defined above), and
  • Whether you qualify for a college fund or kicker, and
  • How much you’ve paid into the $600 Buy-Up program

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Expiration and Usage

You typically have 10 years to use your Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty benefits, but his may change depending on your situation.

Once you’ve decided this GI Bill is right for you you’ll need to verify the program and school you’ve selected is supported by the VA. As long as you’re school is supported the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty will cover

  • Remedial courses (classes some students must take to build up their basic skills in math, reading, or English before they can take regular college courses)
  • Deficiency courses (classes some students must take in order to be admitted to a certain college)
  • Refresher courses (brief courses that help people review and improve their knowledge in a certain subject area)

We hope that this breakdown of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill will be valuable in helping you determine which GI Bill is right for you. If you need any further explanation on the GI Bills you can always visit VA.gov.

Top 5 Things to know about Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Top 5 Things to know about Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

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Are you familiar with Veterans’ Group Life Insurance? If you are transitioning out of the military soon and currently have Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), then you are going to want to keep reading to get a better understanding of VGLI. We are going to cover the top 5 things you should know about Veterans’ Group Life Insurance.

#1 – What is VGLI?

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is an insurance plan that allows you to convert your Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) to a renewable group life insurance plan after you leave service. As long as you pay your premiums, you will remain covered by the VGLI.

#2 – Who is Covered?

The VGLI covers Veterans and former servicemembers, but you must be able to meet certain criteria to qualify.
At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Had part-time Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) as a member of the National Guard or Reserves, and you suffered an injury or disability (damage to your body or mind that makes it hard for you to do everyday tasks, including meaningful work) while on duty—including direct traveling to and from duty—that disqualified you for standard premium insurance rates, or
  • Had SGLI while you were in the military and you’re within 1 year and 120 days of being released from an active-duty period of 31 or more days, or
  • Are within 1 year and 120 days of retiring or being released from the Ready Reserves or National Guard, or
  • Are within 1 year and 120 days of assignment to the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) of a branch of service, or to the Inactive National Guard (ING). This includes members of the United States Public Health Service Inactive Reserve Corps (IRC), or
  • Are within 1 year and 120 days of being put on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL)

#3 – What are the benefits of VGLI and how do I sign up?

The amount of benefits you can receive is based on the coverage you previously had through SGLI, but you can receive between $10,000 to $400,000 in life insurance benefits. When you leave the military, you can sign up through VGLI for coverage up to the amount you had through SGLI. You can also increase your coverage by $25,000 every 5 years—up to $400,000—until you’re 60 years old.

To sign up for VGLI you’ll need to apply within 1 year and 120 days of leaving the military.

If you sign up within 240 days of leaving the military, you won’t need to prove you’re in good health. If you sign up after the 240-day period, you’ll need to submit evidence that you’re in good health.
There are several different ways you can apply for coverage:

#4 – How much does VGLI cost?

Like a traditional commercial life insurance policy, the cost of your VGLI premium will vary based on your age and the amount of coverage that you’d prefer. As your age increases, the premium cost also increases. If you are 29 years old and seeking $400,000 in coverage your monthly premium will be $28; however, if you are 49 years old and seeking the same coverage your monthly premium will be $84.

The VA has a chart at VA.gov that breaks down the cost for each age range and premium amount.

#5 – Can I convert VGLI to a traditional commercial plan?

If you decide you would like to convert your policy to a commercial policy then you can easily convert at the standard premium rates without having to prove that you’re in good health. You will just need to choose your new insurance company, apply for coverage at their local office, and give your new insurance agent a VGLI Conversion Notice.

The policy you are converting to must be a permanent policy, such as a whole life policy. You can’t convert to other types of policies, like term, variable life, or universal life insurance. Also, supplementary policy benefits, like Accidental Death and Dismemberment or Waiver of Premium for Disability, aren’t considered part of the conversion policy.

If you are within one year pre- or post-transition and you have questions about VGLI or any other transition concerns, visit SAVIvets.org and connect with one of our SAVI mentors.

Everything You Need to Know About Chapter 36 VA Benefits

Everything You Need to Know About Chapter 36 VA Benefits

As you probably know, when you transition out of the military there are tons of decisions you’ll have to make about the future for you and your family. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is whether you are going to start a career or potentially plan on going back to school. Luckily there are tools and resources available to help you make this very important decision.

Have you heard of VA Chapter 36? If you are transitioning out of the military within the next six months or you’re within one year post-transition then you’ll want to keep reading to learn more about this amazing resource.

Chapter 36 is a Personalized Career Planning and Guidance (PCPG) service available to Veterans and their qualified dependents. This tool helps to make the decision process about school or career easier and the best part is it’s personalized to each individual because we know there isn’t a one size fits all approach to this decision.

There are a few qualifications you’ll need to meet in order to start claiming these benefits. You must:

  • Be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable from active duty within 6 months, or
  • Separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable not more than one year ago, or
  • Qualify as a Veteran or service member for educational assistance under a VA educational program, or
  • Are a service member, Veteran, or dependent currently eligible for VA education benefits

If you fit into one of these categories then there is a good chance you will qualify for some great benefits provided by Chapter 36. These benefits include:

  • Career counseling to help you decide which civilian or military jobs you might want
  • Educational counseling to help you find a training program or field of study that interests you
  • Academic and adjustment counseling to help you address issues or barriers that get in the way of your future success
  • Resume support and goal planning to help you put your best foot forward

So, you are probably asking yourself “how do I apply for Chapter 36?” Well, it’s easy. There are 3 ways to apply for these benefits. You can:

Once your application is reviewed you will receive an invitation for orientation if you’re determined to be eligible.

If you have any other questions you can check out this video from the VA that gives a little more information about Chapter 36.

Contact Us

Have a question about your Veteran benefits? You can email us today! If you are within one-year pre to post-military separation, you can enroll in our FREE program by setting up a call with one of our transition coaches.

EDUCATION TRACK

Academic advising, walkthroughs of your VA education benefits … and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans in SAVI’s programs gain access to our carefully developed tools for post-military students, including the SAVI Student Transition Incubator℠, Student Track Transition Program℠, and Student Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our personalized career path determination assistance.

These SAVI instructors and mentors, along with the entire SAVI team, understand that each of our services is vital to a whole life approach to the military-to-civilian transition. We take your unique goals, circumstances, and vision into account as we craft personalized assistance throughout your twelve-month journey with SAVI.  

EMPLOYMENT TRACK

Civilian workplace etiquette, the hiring process, job searches, performance evaluations...and everything in between.

SAVI’s Employment Track delivers start-to-finish support to help Veterans navigate a new career. From skills assessments to professional networking strategies, SAVI offers custom-built tools — including the SAVI Employment Transition Incubator℠, Job Networking & Search Service℠, and Employment Benefit Assessment Service℠ — as well as job retention and mentoring services to help you every step of the way.

These SAVI mentors have been in your shoes and have experience in the unique challenges Veterans may face as they seek employment after service. They are with you every step of the way throughout your twelve-month program, and provide ongoing professional guidance and mentorship throughout your career.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK

Value propositions, initial funding, branding, launch strategies… and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans on this track receive our comprehensive tools for personal business success: the SAVI Entrepreneur Transition Incubator℠ and Entrepreneur Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our opportunity consulting and our funding exploration support.

Through your twelve month journey with SAVI, your mentors will guide you through the Entrepreneurship track while providing unique insight and guidance based on their own experience. Whether you are just starting a new venture, or expanding a passion project you created while in the military, our Entrepreneurship team is here for you every step of the way.

RETIREMENT TRACK

VA compensation and benefits, healthcare, financial planning… and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans on this track receive comprehensive tools for a successful retirement: the SAVI Retirement Transition Incubator℠ and Retirement Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our one-on-one ongoing assistance and assessment services. We’re here to ensure you don’t have to muddle through the financial, personal, and emotional aspects of retirement on your own.

Our Retirement mentors know what it’s like to transition from a steady career to retirement, and want to use their personal and professional experience to help you have a smooth transition. Whether you have questions on finances or healthcare, or the more personal aspects of upkeeping emotional health, we are here for you every step of the way.


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    Getting Connected with Your Local Veterans Organizations

    If you’re a military Veteran, then you’re a part of a very niche group. Active military personnel make up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population today, so it’s not surprising that so many Veterans feel isolated as they start their transitions into civilian life.

    Yet this issue isn’t a new one. Since 1899, organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and The American Legion were created to offer Veterans a place for camaraderie, to feel empowered, and to help boost troop morale for those still in the service.

    Fast-forward to today and Veterans groups have emerged in nearly every community in the country and boast a wide variety of scope and missions — such as the career program by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the suicide prevention work by The Military Veteran Project. The benefits to getting involved with one of these local groups include much more than just gaining buddies to swap war-stories with. Veterans can also get assistance with job placements, career counseling, emotional support, and finding resources for disabled Vets.

    Not sure where to begin to find your local Veteran connections? Here’s a list of a few national Veteran groups with various local chapters across the nation.

    The American Legion ​
    AMVETS
    Disabled American Veterans
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
    Korean War Veterans Association
    The Military Veteran Project
    Paralyzed Veterans of America
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    • Student Veterans of America
    • Vietnam Veterans of America

    For a more comprehensive list of military charities, organizations, and government contacts, click here.

    Get Squared Away: A Comprehensive Checklist for Transitioning Service-Members

    18 Months Before Your Discharge
    • Review GI Bill and tuition assistance benefits
    • Review GI Bill transferability requirements (Transferring your benefits may require re-enlisting or incurring an additional service obligation.)
    • Use the DoD Online Academic Skills course to prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT Exams
    • Take a skills/interest assessment through your local ESO or career counselor
    • Consider taking CLEP exams to complete your general education requirements
    • Reach out to your SAVI mentor for tips from someone who has lived through the transition experience -Start developing your personal and professional networks
    • Review your post-separation budget, and start planning for your financial transition
    • Register on LinkedIn to get ready for networking opportunities
    • Research the job potential, affordability, and community where you plan to live

    12 Months Before Your Discharge
    • Start developing an Individual Transition Plan
    • Review your Pre-Separation Checklist (DD 2648)
    • Get your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) document (DD 2586)
    • Research the cost of living where you plan to live as a civilian-Learn about your VA home benefits -Make an appointment with your local Transition Counselor
    • Attend a Transition GPS five-day workshop -Check job boards, and start exploring the right career options for you
    • Start exploring the right degree and college for you -Request “house hunting orders”
    • Enroll in a SAVI Transition Incubator℠
    • Use a skills translator to begin developing a civilian resume

    9 Months Before Your Discharge
    • Continue building your networks through LinkedIn and elsewhere
    • Consider an employment assistance program
    • Start writing your resume
    • Search for jobs in your field and area to see what’s out there
    • Arrange for HHG transportation counseling -Research your healthcare options, including Employer-Provided Civilian Care, CHCBP, Transitional Health Care Benefits, and CHAMP
    • Make a budget, and prepare to pay for health insurance coverage

    6 Months Before Your Discharge
    • Start applying for jobs -Start building a wardrobe for the civilian workplace
    • Continue to expand your career networks
    • Attend career fairs
    • Review and update your will and financial documents
    • Consider whether to take terminal leave or sell back your balance
    • Schedule appointments for household goods (HHG) shipment and storage
    • Schedule final medical checkups for all family members
    • Visit the Legal Assistance Office for help updating your documents
    • Determine if you’re eligible for separation pay or early retirement
    •Begin your PCS and housing checkout procedures -Begin looking for VSOs to join

    3 Months Before Your Discharge
    • Consider job placement services
    • Use the VA Pre-discharge program to determine your eligibility for VA Disability Compensation
    • Review your finances to ensure your budget will work in civilian life
    • Compare SGLI to VGLI and other life insurance options
    • Get to know more about where you plan to live
    • Contact your Military Treatment Facility, and get copies of all of your health records
    • Complete a physical with your MTF or a VA Medical Center
    • Take advantage of the two-day TAP GPS program for education and entrepreneurship support

    1 Month Before Your Discharge
    • Finalize your relocation appointments, and review your benefits
    • Arrange for inspection of any government housing
    • Choose your transitional healthcare plan

    Enrolling in VA Healthcare

    1. Make it easier on yourself: Start with support from VA’s Concierge of Care. Enrolling in VA care isn’t as tough a process as it used to be. In October 2017, VA launched its Concierge for Care (C4C) program to enhance its support for transitioning Veterans in getting VA healthcare. The C4C initiative educates and empowers Veterans while simplifying the healthcare application and enrollment process. This means that, shortly after you separate, you’ll get a phone call from a representative who can answer questions, process your VA healthcare enrollment application, and schedule your first VA medical appointment.

    2. Get notified of your application status. After your application is submitted, you’ll receive another phone call from VA to let you know whether your enrollment is approved. VA will also send you a Veterans Health Benefits Handbook with information on your healthcare benefits, Enrollment Priority Group, copay status, and other information you’ll need as a new enrollee. Handbooks also include information for appealing a decision if your initial application is rejected.

    3. Get your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Only Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can receive a VHIC. Once your application is verified, contact the enrollment coordinator at your local VA medical center to arrange to get your picture taken for the your card either in advance or at your next VA healthcare appointment.

    4. Keep your information current after you enroll. Enrolled Veterans can update your personal information (such as income, address, and insurance information) by completing VA Form 10-10EZR online, by visiting a local VA facility, or by calling 1-877-222-VETS between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

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    You will learn how to create a morning routine filled with purpose, presence, and peace. You’ll be more energized, productive, and content — all before the start of your workday. Start your morning by doing things that feed your soul and make you happy.

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    Adrianne Phillips is a service-disabled veteran, who founded Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of veterans transitioning to civilian life. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a combat service-member and Security Forces, Adrianne transitioned out of the military and into civilian life. During this time, she realized that veterans often make the transition with little or no structural support or guidance. This prompted her to spend over 11 years working in the veterans benefit sector, including working in development, adjudication, training, presenting, quality assurance, and division management. In 2011, she started a corporation focusing on event travel management and corporate business travel. In 2017, she harnessed her experience as a veteran, benefits manager, and entrepreneur to found the Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration with the goal of supporting every service-member’s transition.

    Juan Rivas

    Juan is a solutions-oriented Organizational Development and Learning Professional with experience in global Fortune 100 companies in various industries. He has solid expertise in the development of leadership and staff as well as the implementation of talent management and performance management initiatives. His experience across a variety of industries allows him to see problems from different perspectives and he is able to offer creative solutions to seemingly tough issues. He challenges leaders to think more strategically by increasing their self-awareness and taking advantage of their internal resources. Mr. Rivas earned his Master’s Degree from American Military University and is a Veteran of the US Navy having served 23+ years. He has hands-on experience with the aerospace, manufacturing and engineering industries.

    Juan is a Certified Professional Coach and holds multiple certifications including Master Training Specialist, Professional in Human Resources, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC, Emotional Intelligence (Eqi), Korn Ferry Leadership Architect and 360 Feedback, Risk Type Indicator, Systemic Team Coaching and Brides Change Management.

    Recently, Juan served as an HR Director for the Walt Disney Company and prior to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox his contributions to the talent strategy, leadership development, employee engagement and change management were key during the sale and transition.

    Juan also proudly serves as a military transition consultant for various for profit and non-profit organizations that are looking to hire Veterans or specialize in helping Veterans adjust to the civilian world.

    Adrianne Phillips

    Adrianne Phillips is a service-disabled Veteran, who founded Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of Veterans transitioning to civilian life. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a combat service-member and Security Forces, Adrianne transitioned out of the military and into civilian life. During this time, she realized that Veterans often make the transition with little or no structural support or guidance. This prompted her to spend over 11 years working in the Veterans benefit sector, including working in development, adjudication, training, presenting, quality assurance, and division management. In 2011, she started a corporation focusing on event travel management and corporate business travel. In 2017, she harnessed her experience as a Veteran, benefits manager, and entrepreneur to found the Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration with the goal of supporting every service-member’s transition.

    Aloysius Teo

    Aloysius is an advisor, project manager, mentor & consultant in business & technology strategy. He works with early-stage startups to develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and guiding ideas and concepts into commercially viable solutions. His partnerships with established businesses result in the creation of new verticals and opportunities.

    Creative strategist/technologist across multiple industries - healthcare, entertainment & music, MMR, travel, print production, blockchain, crypto-currencies, Big Data & AI. 20yrs technology industry experience and certified AWS APN & mobile technology.

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    Michael Foster

    Former Naval Officer, Real Estate Investor, and Entrepreneur, Mike Foster serves as the Education Chief and Podcast Host for Active Duty Passive Income.

    He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2013 where he met his beautiful wife, began his naval and real estate investing career, building the foundation for his success.

    While active duty, Mike was fortunate enough to have had several remarkable mentors that taught him the importance of credit-building, creative financing techniques and wealth building strategies. Since then, he has acquired multiple real estate investments, he owns several businesses, and mentors thousands of Veterans around the world.

    Mike runs “The Military Real Estate Investing Show” powered by Active Duty Passive Income, where he showcases military members and Veterans that have taken action in the real estate world and want to share their journey with his audience. He occasionally brings on special guests to add motivation and fire to his program.

    Sample Episodes:
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    Interview with Jason Hartman
    Interview with Nathan Brooks

    Guest Appearances:
    Investing In Real Estate With Clayton Morris
    Military Investor Network
    Capital Hacking

    April Durrant

    April works as an organization development consultant at her company Integrated Perspectives Consulting helping businesses create visionary solutions and strategies designed for growth, adaptation and transformation. Working with companies as they navigate change and discover their organization in a new way. This is made possible by understanding the many different perspectives within the company and by taking existing strengths and resources and applying them in new ways.

    April is a 3rd generation veteran, having served on active duty in the medical field, on special assignment with the Defense Intelligence Agency and deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom. After transitioning out of the military into the civilian sector, she worked in credit management, airline safety and auditing. During her work as auditor and liaison with Delta Air Lines, she discovered her passion for creating solutions and problem solving, by incorporating multiple perspectives and working with the status quo to design better solutions.

    This led to the pursuit of her master's degree in leadership and organizational development at Saint Louis University and to the founding of her consulting company. She has since worked with community leaders in Oceanside, CA to develop a shared vision and branding for the community mural initiative, now known as "Art that Excites".

    April is passionate about helping organizations and individuals navigate change and discover solutions that work.

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    Armen Mansouri

    Armen Mansouri is a Veteran of The United States Air Force. He served for 6 years with two tours in the middle east. A vehicle maintainer for the USAF, he was directly responsible for maintaining mission-critical vehicles. After transitioning out of the service, he used his military career and training and applied it to the civilian sector. With his knowledge and expertise; Armen has climbed the corporate ladder to become the Parts and Service Director for a prestigious Porsche Dealership in southern California.