PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING PART 1 TRANSITION GPS OVERVIEW Transition GPS consists of a Core Curriculum, Tracks and Capstone. CORE:Service members will be scheduled to attend a series of classes and workshops, collectively referred to as the “Transition GPS Core Curriculum”, which is a 5 day curriculum. It includes:Transition Overview Transition Resiliency (family and special issues, value of a mentor)Military Occupational Code (MOC) CrosswalkFinancial Planning SeminarDepartment of Labor Employment Workshop (DOLEW)Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
Through your service in the United States Military, you have earned a lot of benefits and services. Our objective for this session is to explain all of those items to you in detail so you are aware of each of them. You will be guided through the preseparation counseling checklist and introduced to the benefits and services for which you may qualify. Hopefully, this will not only answer the many questions you have, but will enlighten you on the wide array of assistance in place to help you transition. Once completed, you can use this preseparation counseling checklist as a quick reference in planning your transition from the military and throughout your next career. As we address each item on the checklist, we will cover general information specific to that item as well as provide referral resources so you can seek additional/in-depth information from that agency expert.
Purpose To help the members (and spouses if applicable) develop an awareness of the possible effects of career changes. Counselor Talking Point/StatementA military career can be very challenging and rewarding. It is natural for Service members to be proud of their accomplishments while on active duty. Now they are ready for a new career and new challenges as a civilian. It is important for the member to make decisions about their future that are the right decisions. They may experience stress or anxiety as a result of change, problems, and even opportunities. StandardExplain the effects of a career changeIdentify coping techniques ResourcesChaplainBehavioral Health Clinic (Mental Health) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Office (Assessment, College Credit Information) Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC), Airmen and Family Readiness Centers Family Support Centers (FSC)Military OneSource o Base Clinics Veteran Service Organizations Military Service Organizations VA Vet Centers Community social service agencies o Local support groups Self-help booksAmeriforce Deployment Guide: www.ameriforce.net/deployment National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): www.ncptsd.va.gov/index.html Courage to Care: www.usuhs.mil/psy/courage.html
Must bring the VMET to the TAP GPS, members are able to print 120 days prior to separation.
Open up the websiteInstruct participants to browse for a career they are interested inDANTES http://www.dantes.doded.mil/ http://online.onetcenter.org/ http://www.acinet.org/acinet/default.asp http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/licert/main.htmhttps://www.cool.army.milhttps://www.cool.navy.milhttps://usmap.cnet.navy.mil
GOING TO A NEW NAME: America Job Centers
The Small Business Development Act of 1999 and Executive Order requires federal procurement officials and prime contractors provide small businesses owned and controlled by veterans or service-disabled veterans with the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts let by any federal agency, including subcontracts.
Each state gets money for WIA so it’s important for members to understand the type/availability of this program is dependent on how much money they get for WIA.
Small business ownership is another career option individuals might be considering. Many veterans find themselves attracted to business ownership when they leave the military.A growing number of resources and programs are available in Government and at the federal, state and local level to support successful entrepreneurship by veterans and Service members and their spouses.The US Small Business Administration manages most federal small business programs for veterans, and a growing number of American academic institutions are delivering entrepreneurial training programs designed specifically for veterans, service members and their spouses or caregivers. There are many reasons to consider entrepreneurship, such as: being the boss, challenging oneself, and for financial reasons.Another option in the realm of small business is franchise ownership. Franchises provide the business owner with a team of support, which includes marketing assistance, HR tools, and training. Having others who are committed to their success as a business owner and who are willing and able to help when problems arise is one of the many advantages to franchise ownership.Regardless of what type of small business and individual is interested in pursuing, the SBA assists small business concerns with the development of a business plan.
Small Business Administration SBAs function was to “aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns.” SBA’s programs now include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. Patriot Express Loan Initiative The Patriot Express Loan is designed to support and assist those in the military community wanting to establish or expand their small businesses. It is offered by SBA’s network of participating lenders nationwide and features our fastest turnaround time for loan approvals by streamlining documentation and processing. Loans are available to businesses where the veteran is at least 51% owner.
USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the “escalator” principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides protection from discrimination due to military affiliation.Basic eligibility includes character of service, initial obligation/duration of service, advance notice and timely reapplication. It applies not only to active duty, but also the guard and reserves. Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers USERRA. VETS provides assistance to those persons experiencing service connected problems with their civilian employment and provides information about the Act to employers.
Priority of service means that veterans and eligible spouses are given priority over non-covered persons for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services for any Department of Labor funded program. Priority means the covered person is entitled to precedence over non-covered persons for services. This means covered persons either receive access to a service earlier in time than a non-covered person or, if the resource is limited, the covered person receives access instead of the non-covered person.
Not on your DD 2648 yetSeniorCorps is specifically for those over the age of 55, there is a national program with over 350,000 volunteers.
The Secretary of the Military Department concerned shall grant eligible members being discharged or released from active service, such excess leave for a period not in excess of 30 days, or such transition PTDY not to exceed 10 days, as members require to facilitate relocation, unless to do so would interfere with military missions. Service members may request excess leave or PTDY/TAD, but not both. Reserve Component members are not authorized leave other than what they have earned through their period of active duty service. If they are transitioning from the service, they should check with their local command authority to determine leave policies and options. Eligibility is based on type of discharge, SPD code, command discretion, and type of separation/retirement. Time frames Retirees and members separating with an SPD code that confers transition benefits may take up to 20 days PTDY for job hunting, house hunting, or other relocation activities. Those overseas (and non-CONUS residents not stationed at their home of record) may take up to 30 days PTDY. Excess Leave: The excess leave option is not available for retirees. Those separating with an SPD code that confers transition benefits have the option of requesting 30 days excess leave in lieu of PTDY
In some circumstances, you may be able to extend your stay in military housing for up to 180 days after separation. These extensions are allowed for individuals who are ELIGILBE involuntary separatees, or a Selected Early Retirement Board (SERB) retiree. Be aware that you will have to pay a rental rate and that housing is available on a space permitting basis. Contact the Base Housing Office for more information. 1 year for those retiring and 180 days for those separating in most cases
Info on:Buying a Home (Shopping for a Loan)Home Buying Programs in Each State Predatory LendersMaking an OfferHome InspectionsHomeowners Insurance Closing CostsFHASearching for an affordable apartmentRental AssistanceAvoiding Foreclosure Housing Counselors Knowing Your Rightsincluding active duty military as well as veterans and their families. The HUD Veteran Resource Center (HUDVET) was created as a result of a unique partnership between National Veteran Service Organizations and HUD. This directory is designed to increase the knowledge of and participation in the wide variety of HUD homeless assistance programs and services for veterans and other individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In addition to its special focus on veterans who are homeless, HUDVET is also a source of information on other HUD and related Federal programs, such those to combat domestic violence, enhance community and economic development, aid runaway youth, and increase affordable housing for senior citizens and Americans with disabilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. (1-877-424-3838)
We MUST stress to service members that if they plan to transfer their educational benefits under the Post 9-11 GI Bill, they MUST request to transfer those benefits PRIOR to retirement/separation.
FINAID is a great website to find a wide variety other possible financial aid in the form of loans and grants, some specifically for military members
Open all of these websites and demonstrate what is out there. www.FINAID.org is great for the entire family!
Every veteran is eligible
Based on Rating Veterans who were discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003 enhanced enrollment placement for five years after the date they leave the service. The member may also be eligible for enhanced enrollment if they were an activated Reservist or member of the National Guard who served on active duty in a theater of combat operation after November 11, 1998 and left service under any conditions other than dishonorable. If Service members enroll with VA under the Combat Veteran Authority, they may be able to keep enrollment eligibility even after the five year period ends.
Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) will continue to cover the member for the first 120 days after separation. Members will be given the opportunity to convert SGLI to VGLI. VGLI is a program, which allows veterans to convert their SGLI coverage to a renewable term insurance policy. Member’s have up to 240 to enroll with having a medical examination. The VGLI coverage amount cannot exceed the amount of SGLI at the time of separation from Service. Individuals do have an opportunity to increase VGLI coverage by $25,000, once every 5 years. VGLI policyholders can convert their VGLI to an individual commercial life insurance policy at any time. The Office of Service members’ Group Life Insurance (OSGLI) administers the VGLI program including the processing and payment of claims. Office of Service members’ Group Life Insurance website is: firstname.lastname@example.org.· http://www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/VGLI/VGLI.htm· http://www.insurance.va.gov/index.htm· TurboTAP at www.turboTAP.org
SGLI provides two options upon release from service. Converting full-time SGLI coverage to term insurance under the Veterans' Group Life Insurance program or convert to a permanent plan of insurance with one of the participating commercial insurance companies. SGLI Disability Extension allows those who are totally disabled at time of discharge to retain the Service members' Group Life Insurance coverage they had in service at no cost for up to two years. For more information on this extension, see: www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/SGLI/sglidisabled.htm
Please reiterate the importance of research on this topic.
For all enlistees, if this is the service member’s initial enlistment, he/she must serve a total of eight (8) years. Any part of that Service not served on active duty must be served in a Reserve Component unless he/she is sooner discharged. Members must satisfy that obligation by becoming a Ready Reserve member in one of the following categories: • Selected Reserve • Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
The purpose of this section is to discuss the Defense Language Volunteer Program so that military personnel who speak a foreign language and would like to be informed of opportunities to support the nation after they separate can consent to being contacted.Two outreach programs are being conducted: One for DOD Civilian employees and another for Military personnel. At this time, the legal and logistic framework is not established to bring current retired civilians and military retirees into the program. (No method/process in place to collect information.)The Privacy Act requires that the Department of Defense gain permission from those civilian and military personnel while still a DOD employee or on active duty.Separating military members who consent to being contacted by DOD, check “yes” to designate your interest. Separating military members who consent to allow DOD to share your information with other federal agencies for such purposes, check “yes”. If you do not speak a foreign language or do not have an interest, check “no”.
The DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, will be issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty. The DD Form 214 is the capstone military service document, as it represents the complete, verified record of a service member’s time in the military, awards and medals, and other pertinent service information, such as promotions, combat service or overseas service, Military Occupational Specialty identifiers and record of training and schools completed. The DD Form 214 is commonly used by various government agencies, primarily the Department of Veterans Affairs, to secure veteran benefits, and may be requested by employers to prove military service claimed and character of that service and for membership in veteran’s organizations. Safeguarding your DD Form 214 is vital! Upon receipt of your copies (member copy 1 & 4), make additional copies and have them notarized and secure a copy in a fireproof container. You may even consider providing a copy to a trusted relative outside of your household. Be sure to explain the importance of this document to your spouse, if applicable, with regards to your veterans benefits.Unfortunately, things happen and your DD Form 214 can get lost or stolen. Should you need to replace, you may request a copy from the Air Force Personnel Center, Automated Records Management System (ARMS), if you separated or retired after 1 Oct 2004. All personnel separating prior to 1 Oct 2004, should contact the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) Reserve, retired reserve in non-pay status, current National Guard officers not on active duty in the Air Force, or National Guard released from active duty in the Air Force, should contact the Air Reserve Personnel Center
Service members can now access an electronic version of theirDD Form 214 on their date of separation/retirement. This will not replace the hard copy documents that will be mailed to the service member after separation/retirement by AFPC, but is an additional plus. Allowing service members to access these documents at the time of separation saves valuable time for the service member allowing him/her to apply for veterans benefits, unemployment or enroll in school sooner. In order to request access to your electronic DD Form 214, service members must contact the Total Force Service Center PRIOR to separation to request a UserID and password to access the system. The member must then register on the site with their Common Access Card credentials – THIS MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO SEPARATION. Once member has registered to access the site, the member will then be able to retrieve the member copy 1 & 4 of the DD 214 on their date of separation/retirement. The member may access that document for up to 60 days following separation/retirement.
Instruct participants to get out manila: 2 prong folder Complete ITP Block 1List Top Three Military Occupation Codes and Titles
Attend Pre-Separation CounselingComplete Pre-Separation Counseling Checklist DD Form 2648 / DD Form 2648-1Register for VA Benefits (eBenefits)Prepare a Post-Separation 12-month budget reflecting personal and family goals and obligationsEvaluate opportunties presented by continuing military service in a Reserve ComponentCrosswalk military skill set to civilian skills (MOS crosswalk) to include an evaluation of the demand for those civilian skills within the potential relocation destinationsIdentify and document requirements and eligibility for licensure, certification and apprenticeships at the potential relocation destinationsComplete the Individual Transition Plan and provide documentation of meeting the Career Readiness Standards for the chosen career path
Identify individual/family needs such as medical care, expenses, and location of potential providers. REFER BACK TO WEBSITES ON YOUR DD 2648 Utilize Military One-Source: can only be used while on Active Duty Use A&FRC Relocation Assistance Services EFMP Coordinator 2. Identify extenuating individual/family circumstances (e.g. need to provide care for elderly parents, family business, exceptional family member needs, etc.). Assess impact of individual/family requirements on relocation options (e.g. quality of local schools, availability of medical care, spouse employment opportunities, etc.).Evaluate your immediate post-transition housing requirements. Determine how much living space you will require to safely house yourself, dependents, and personal items. Consider whether you may need to make more than one move or need to utilize temporary storage. Contact the housing referral office to identify local and remote housing options. The installation transportation office can provide detailed information about planning the movement and storage of your household goods. Visit the VA website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/ to get information on the VA home loan program.Consider your post-transition transportation requirements. Determine if you have adequate reliable personal transportation to take you to and from your place of employment or school. Evaluate your commuting options and whether you need to purchase another vehicle(s) for your spouse and/or dependents. Identify your post-transition transportation expenses to include: purchase costs, vehicle registration, insurance, maintenance, fuel, etc. If you are disabled, determine if you are eligible for assistance in purchasing a vehicle and/or automotive adaptive equipment by visiting http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKB/PART3/S3_808.DOCWhat person or persons do you go to for advice, personal counsel and/or mentoring when facing a difficult challenge or decision? Will you still have access to those persons after you separate from active duty? Consider what steps you need to take now to maintain contact.With whom do you spend your leisure time now? Who is a part of your social network? How did you meet them? Determine the steps you need to take to continue these relationships or establish this type of support in the community where you will live post-separation.
1. Evaluate the benefits (e.g. additional income, promotions, leadership and professional development opportunities, travel) associated with continuing your military service in either the Reserves or National Guard (if applicable). Consider the financial impact of continued entitlements such as medical and dental coverage, life insurance, military exchange, commissary, club privileges, recreational and athletic facilities. Contact the installation/ local recruiter to schedule an informational counseling session and identify potential units/positions.2. Register for your VA Benefits and assess their impact on future financial obligations: www.ebenefits.va.gov
**Identify anticipated financial obligations such as dependent college savings plan, retirement savings plan, utility security deposits, and additional commuting/transportation expenses (e.g., additional car payment, fuel, maintenance, insurance).* Develop a 12-month budget based on your current financial obligations (e.g., living expenses and indebtedness) as well as anticipated post-transition expenses. Determine if your expected post-transition income will adequately address anticipated financial obligations (e.g. housing, medical, food, insurance, transportation, costs of establishing a home, utility security deposits, etc.). Use the TurboTAP Financial Planning Worksheet for Career Transition at: http://www.turbotap.org/export/sites/default/transition/resources/PDF/financial_planning_worksheet_fillable.pdfFinancial planning worksheet in your package to get you startedYou will need to complete and bring to TAP along with your LES
TAP is a mandatory requirement.
Thank you for your participation!
PRESEPARATION COUNSELINGCHECKLISTAC, AGR, AR, FTS, RPAAirman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC)Scott AFB
• Please complete the Pre-Assessment. At the end of the briefing you willcomplete the Post Assessment and the correct responses will beprovided. If you do not have one, ask the facilitator for a copy.• The A&FRC uses this Pre & Post Assessment to ensure you have met thelearning objectives we have outlined to be covered during today’spresentations.• The additional questions at the end of the Post Assessment are used forthe purpose of meeting your needs and customer services demographics.• All the responses are calculated and results are provided by to the TAPGPS Core Compliance Expert and the A&FRC Chief for review & action asneeded.• Thank You for your assistance in improving our programs and services.
Overview for TAP GPS• Complete the DD Form 2648• Career Readiness Standards (CRSs)• Optional 2 day tracks
Career Readiness Standards1. Complete an assessment of personal circumstances - DDForm 2648, Pre-separation Counseling Checklist2. Complete 12 month post-separation budget3. MOC crosswalk Gap Analysis4. Register on eBenefits – Service members mustdemonstrate that they have an eBenefits account5. Complete the ITP6. Assessment Tool7. Capstone (Oct 13)
Introduction• Purpose of Preseparation Counseling– Mandated by Title 10– Introduce benefits and services– Answer questions– Describe assistance in place to help you• Checklist serves as reference for planning transition– Referrals provided to agency experts
General Instructions• Do not use pencil, red ink or felt tip pen to completeform– Use black or blue ink ball point pen• Fill out form completely– Include name & SSN at top of pages 2 – 5– Enter SSN without dashes• Begin each entry with the first box• Write within each fields’ boxes• Read/review Section III Instructions
Effects of a Career Change #10• Explain the effects of a career change• Identify coping techniques• Referral contact information– Chaplain– Military OneSource– VA Vet Centers/Veteran Service Organizations– Education Office– A&FRC– National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD): www.ncptsd.va.gov/index.htmlCourage to Care: www.usuhs.mil/psy/courage.html
Dept of Labor Employment Workshop(DOLEW) #11a• Bi-Monthly• Workshop content information• Post-military employment resourcesMandatory to attend the workshop (some exemptions)
Verification of Military Experience andTraining (VMET) #11b• Utilization of VMET• Eligible members can print VMET at:www.dmdc.osd.mil/vmet• Coast Guard does not have VMETGI-PFemail@example.com• NOT an official transcript• Refer to FAQs on website
Civilian Occupations Corresponding toMilitary Occupations/ONET #11cCRITICAL RESOURCE• O*NET resources• Program and features– Career Exploration Tools, etc.• www.onetcenter.org (open website)– mynextmove.org for potential occupations
Licensing and Certification #11c(1)• Credentialing– Licenses– Certifications• GI Bill utilization– http://www.careerinfonet.org/certifications_new/
DOL America Job Centers #11c(1)(a)• Organized around customers (job seeker, business,students, workforce professionals)• Labor market information• Occupational profiles• Career resource library & research database• Licensing information• Multiple career tools– Careeronestop.com
US Army Credentialing On-line#11c(1)(b)• Identify credentials related to military occupations• Civilian credentialing requirements• Financial assistance• https://www.cool.army.mil
USMAP #11c(1)(c)• Apprenticeship programs• Recognized by DOL• https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil
DANTES #11c(1)(d)• Base Education Offices• Educational opportunities and non-traditionaleducation• CLEP and SOC• DANTES standardized testsScott Education Office, Bldg 1650, 256-3327
Navy Cool Website #11c(1)(e)• Identify credentials related to military occupations• Civilian credentialing requirements• Financial assistance• https://www.cool.navy.mil
Turbo TAP #11d• Comprehensive separation site• Resources for money management, veteranbenefits, education and training, health care andmore• My Decision Points (Individual Transition Plan)• www.TurboTAP.org• http://www.turbotap.org/export/sites/default/transition/resources/PDF/PreSepGuide_AD.pdf
Employment Hub #11d(1)• Designed for separating service members• Translates military skills and experience• Job search tools and databaseswww.turboTAP.org/portal/transition/resources/Employment_Hub
Hire Vets First #11d(2)• Hire Vets First website is obsolete, check “no”
State Job Boards #11d(3)• Every state has a job board for their state• Employers can search for applicants• Applicants can search for positions• www.careeronestop.org/jobsearch/cos_jobsites.aspx
DOL Realifelines #11d(4)Hire Vets First website is obsolete,check “no”
Public and Community ServiceOpportunities #11e• Non-profit, public, and community organizations• www.nationalservice.gob• www.serve.gov
Teacher and Teacher’s AideOpportunities/Troops to Teachers #11f• Eligibility and qualifications• Stipend/Bonus• Employment opportunities• www.proudtoserveagain.comhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYJfBGrZY9k
Federal Employment Opportunities #11g• 3 Main ways to acquire federal positions– Merit promotion– Special hiring authority– Competitive appointment• Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)• Referral contact information– OPM: www.fedshirevets.gov
USAJobs.com #11g(1)• Official job site of the federal government• OPM website• One-stop source for federal jobs• www.usajobs.gov
Go-Defense.com #11g(2)• DOD job website• Careers in national defense• Entry level to executive level• http://godefense.cpms.osd.mil
Veterans Federal ProcurementOpportunities #11g(4)• Maximizing participation• Eligible small businesses• Veteran advantages– www.sba.gov and www.fbo.gov• Subcontracting Opportunities– www.gsa.gov/subdirectory
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)Special Hiring Authorities #11g(5)• Special Hiring Authority– Veterans Recruitment Appointment– 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans• OPM: www.opm.gov
Hiring Preference in Non-AppropriatedFund (NAF) Jobs #11h• Eligibility requirements– One time hiring preference basedon SPD for those separating– Veteran’s Preference• Define NAF– Career executive force– General work force– Entry level workerswww.nafcareers.com
State Employment Agencies #11i• Dedicated veterans employment representatives– Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist– Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER)• Available services– Provide employment, training and placement services• Locate nearest state office at www.servicelocator.org
American Job Centers 11i(1)• Relation to State Employment Offices• Types of available services• Locations and resources• Service locator– www.servicelocator.org
Workforce Investment Act #11i(2)• Administered by the DOL• Eligibility• Program and services availablehttp://www.careeronestop.org/WiaProviderSearch.aspIncrease the occupational skill attainment and thereby increasethe employment, retention, and earnings of participants
Veterans Small Business Ownership andEntrepreneurship Programs #11j• Small business ownership– Women Owned Small Business• Franchise opportunities• Resources available at federal, state and local level– Scott A&FRC: bi-monthly classes– Vetbiz.com– Frannet.com
Small Business Administration and theSBA Patriot Express Loan #11j(1)• Small Business Administration– Counseling, mentoring, training– Veteran Advantages– SCORE• Patriot Express Loan– Eligibility– Amountswww.vetbiz.comwww.sba.gov
National Veteran’s BusinessDevelopment Corporation #11j(2)• Congressionally mandated• Reinforcement of assistance to veterans– Facilitate collaborations between veteran-owned small businesses, providing a gatewayto access resources, programs, funding• Referral contact information– www.veteranscorp.org
Uniformed Services Employment andReemployment Rights Act (USERRA) #11k• Eligibility• Timelines• Notification requirements• Veterans Employment and Training Service(VETS)– www.dol.gov/vetsUSERRA
Priority of Service #11l• Workforce programs funded in whole or in partby DOL• Eligibility• www.servicelocator.org
NEW ITEM: VOLUNTEER SERVICE• Benefits of volunteer work– Networking opportunities– Ability to learn new skills– “Giving back”• www.serve.gov• SeniorCorps (over the age of 55)– National program• www.seniorcorps.gov
NEW ITEM: AMERiCORPS• Federal and state non-profit stipended nationalservice position• Members provide a range of services• Made up of several programs• Eligibility• http://www.americorps.gov
Permissive Temporary Duty and ExcessLeave #12a• Time frames• Eligibility• Granting PTDY/TAD• Based on SPD Code
Travel and Transportation Allowances#12b• Time frames/extensions• Extended housing allowance• Entitlementswww.defensetravel.dod.mil www.militaryonesource.com
Housing Counseling Assistance #13WHAT CAN HUD DO FOR YOU?HUD.GOV 888.995-HOPE– HUDVET
Education Benefits #14a• Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)• Montgomery GI Bill• Post 9-11 GI Bill (transfer extended to 31 Jul 2013)– Scott Education Office or VA repMember must request transfer of education benefits while still onactive duty!
US Department of EducationFederal Aid Programs #14b• Eligibility• Availability• Veterans’ Educational Benefits• Upward Boundwww.federalstudentaid.ed.gov
Other Fed/State/Local Education andTraining Options #14c• Scott Education office or the nearest Ed Centerfor your branch of the military•http://www.studentveterans.org/index.php/home/chapters/list-alpha/i.htmlhttp://www.finaid.org/otheraid/state.phtmlhttp://www.nelnetsolutions.com/dod/
Physical and Mental Health Well-Being#15a• DOD Mental Health Assessment Program• Anonymous, self assessments available online, byphone, or special events at installations or reserve units– PTSD– Depression– Alcohol use– General anxiety disorder• Veterans Crisis Line– 1-800-273-8255 press 1Scott Mental Health Clinic256-
Transitional Healthcare Benefit/TRICARE#15a(1)• Eligibility and time frames forTransitional Health Care– Transitional AssistanceManagement Program (TAMP)• TRICARE– www.tricare.mil/mybenefit• Delta Dental• TRICARE Office, 2nd floor ofScott MTF
VA Health Administration #15a(2)• Timelines for services and benefits• Mandatory VA Veterans’ Benefits Briefing– MUST enroll in eBenefits• VA disability compensation• Medical care– www.va.gov– 1-800-827-1000
VA Vet Center #15a(3)• Eligibility• Readjustment counseling• Outreach services• www.vetcenter.va.gov
State and Local Health Care and MentalHealth Services #15a(4)• Research the state• Explore options• www.statelocalgov.net
Healthcare and Other Benefits #15b, VAHealth Care #15b(1), VA Dental Care#15b(2)• TRICARE• Delta Dental• Retirees– Tricare Prime enrollment– Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TDRP)• www.tricare.osd.mil
VA Health Care #15b(1)• Broad range of medical, surgical, readjustmentcounseling and rehabilitative care• Eligibility– Not just for service connected disabilities;also non-service connected injuries ormedical conditions• www.va.gov
VA Dental Care #15b(2)• VA outpatient dental treatment• Eligibility• www.va.gov or 1-877-222-8387
Continued Health Care Benefits Program#16a• Continued Health Care Benefit Program• Time frames• Explain health system and relation tofamily members• Importance of researching medicalcoverage options• Separating with military health issues• www.humana-military.com1-800-444-5445• Referral contact information
Veterans Group Life Insurance #16bVGLI• Conversion information and time frames• Amounts and restrictions• Personal choice• www.insurance.va.gov
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance#16c• Coverage• Amounts and restrictions• www.insurance.va.gov
Traumatic Injury Protection underServicemembers’ Group Life Insurance(TSGLI) #16d• Coverage and eligibility• Amounts and restrictions• www.insurance.va.gov
Family Servicemembers’ Group LifeInsurance (FSGLI) #16e• Coverage• Amounts and restrictions• www.insurance.va.gov
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance(S-DVI) #16f• Coverage and eligibility• Amounts and restrictions• www.insurance.va.gov
Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance(VMLI) #16g• Coverage• Amounts and restrictions• Personal choice• www.insurance.va.gov
VA Life Insurance #16h• Already discussed on previous slides– Veterans Group Life Insurance– Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance– Traumatic Injury Protection– Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance– Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance– Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance• Benefits• www.va.gov
Transitional Health Care Benefit #16i• Information already covered under checklist item#15a(1)
Financial Management #17a• Spending Plan / Budget• TSP: http://www.tsp.gov• Retirement• SBP• Military vs. civilian pay and benefits• TaxesAirman & Family Readiness 618-256-8668
Separation Pay #17b• Eligibility – Based on SPD CodeContact your servicing Finance Office
General Money Management #17d• Budgeting– http://turbotap.org/portal/transition/resources/Financial_Calculators (can obtain an electronic budget)• Debt reduction• Referral contact information
Personal Savings and Investment #17e• Savings• Investments– Bond– Certificate of Deposit (CD)– Stocks– Mutual FundsAirman & Family Readiness Ctr618-256-8668
Reserve Affiliation #18• Obligation• Eligibility qualificationsAir National Guard: http://www.goang.comAir Force Reserves: http://www.afreserve.comArmy National Guard: http://www.1800goguard.comArmy Reserves: http://www.goarmyreserve.comCoast Guard Reserves: http://www.uscg.mil/reserve/Marine Corps: www.marines.mil/unit/marforres/Stay/PSR.aspx#Navy Reserve: http://www.navyreserve.com
VA Benefits Briefing #19• Compensation and pension• Education and training• Home loan assistance• Insurance• Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)• eBenefits (EVERYONE MUST ENROLL)EVERYONE MUST ATTEND THE VA BENEFITS BRIEFING!!!
VA Disability Benefits #20b• Disability compensation• Vocational rehabilitation• VA health care• Dental care– Briefing is held the 1st day (Monday) of the TAP GPSSeminarGeneral disability benefit information covered in block 15
Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD)and Quick Start #20c• Apply for disability compensation prior to sep/ret• BDD• Quick Start• Timelines• www.va.gov
State Veterans Benefits #21• State benefits vary state to state• Eligibility and examples• http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory
Two-Year Commissary andExchange Privileges #22• Eligibility / qualifications• BenefitBased on SPD Code
Legal Assistance #23• Available assistanceContact the Scott Legal Office
Post Government Employment #24• Mandatory briefing requirementContact the Scott Legal Office
Individual Transition Plan #25• What• Why• WhoContact the Airman & FamilyReadiness Center, ACAP or theNavy Career Advisor
Language Skills/Regional Expertise#26a and #26b• Defense Language Volunteer Program• Opportunities for military members who speak aforeign language• Outreach program being developed– Military personnel– Civilian personnel• Privacy Act requirements
Final Remarks• If counseling received within 89 days or less beforeseparation, place an X to designate the appropriatereason• Provide brief statement / explanation• Sign and date form
DD Form 214• What is it?– Review for accuracy before finalized• Why you need it?• Importance of safeguarding the document• Where to get copies– Automated Records ManagementSystem (ARMS) at AFPC1-800-565-2450
Electronic Access to DD Form 214• Access electronic DD Form 214 on date of sep/ret– AFPC will also mail to forwarding address providedby member• Must contact TFSC PRIOR to separation to requestUserID and password to access system– Must register with current Common Access Cardcredentials• Member may access document fromhome for up to 60 days after separation•Increase ease for filing unemploymentor enrolling in school
Review of Career Readiness Standards(CRSs)• Common CRSs - everyone must meet and will beverified at the mandatory CAPSTONE event (DD Form2958)– DD Form 2648• Complete Section 1, Block 1 of ITP (We will accomplish next)– 12 month post-separation budget– Counseled on continuum of military service (Documentedon the ITP, Block 1, page 4)– MOC crosswalk Gap Analysis– Register on eBenefits– Complete the ITP• Must take when attending Transition GPS• Must attach DD Form 2648 to ITP
Employment CRSs• Specific CRSs to the Employment track – memberswho choose this track must meet and will be verifiedat the mandatory CAPSTONE event (DD Form 2958)– Complete assessment tool– Complete job application package• Resume (private / federal)• References (personal / professional)• Submitted applications (2)– OR job acceptance letter– DOL gold card certificate• Exempt members can download certificate at:http://www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard/revisedgoldcard5.pdf
Education & Career Technical TrainingCRSs• Specific CRSs to the Education & CareerTechnical Training tracks– members who choosethese tracks must meet and will be verified atthe mandatory CAPSTONE event (DD Form 2958)– Complete assessment tool– Complete a comparison of academic or technicalinstitution choices– Complete college, university or technical trainingapplication(s)– Confirm one-on-one counseling with a college,university or technical training institution advisor
Optional 2 Day Tracks• Education Track (Oct 13)– 2 day track (preparation for college life and re-entering school)• Career Technical Track (Oct 13)– 2 day track (helps with reputable technical schoolselection)• Entrepreneurship Track (B2B) – Bi-Monthly atA&FRC– 2 day track (pursuing your own small business orfranchising)
Individual Transition Plan• Everyone must have one– Section 1 completed during Pre-Sep pp 1 – 5– Remaining sections will be completed during theT-GPS– Reviewed at end of T-GPS for completion89
ITP Page 1• Complete the top of the form– List your top 3 Military Occupations Codes & titles• AFSC• MOS90
Career Readiness StandardsAll Career Paths• Pre-Sep Counseling• Register for VA Benefits• Prepare Post Separation budget• Evaluate continuing service through ReserveComponent• Crosswalk: Military Skill Set to civilian skills• Complete ITP91
Readiness StandardsITP Page 2• Employment Career• Education Career• Technical Training Career Readiness• Starting a Business92
Identify Post-transition Personal/Family RequirementsA. Taking Care of Individual/Family Member NeedsIdentify individual/family needs- Do you have a family member with a special need-- A&FRC EFMP Coordinator can help?- Do you have a disability that will require additional travel to obtainservices?- Will you have co-pay costs on medical services?Identify extenuating individual/family circumstances- Will you be responsible for assisting with elder care in the next few years?- Do you need to find special schools for your children or yourself?Assess impact of relocation options- Buying/selling a vehicle- Spouse needs assistance finding job at new location- Obtain info on schools, taxes, etc93
Post-transition Personal/Family Reqs(con’t)Immediate post-transition housing requirements- Will you be selling/buying/renting?- Are you do a DITY or is AF moving your belongings?- Will temp storage be needed Post-transition transportationrequirementsWho is your support networkWhom do you spend leisure time with94
Personal Assessment• Assessing Benefits and Entitlements– Evaluate benefits– Register for VA Benefits95
Personal Assessment• Getting Financially Ready– Identify financial obligations– List new required workforce clothing costs– Develop and attach a plan to reduce/eliminatecurrent debt– Develop 12-month budget of current obligations96
TAP SEMINARPreparation• Must bring DD 2648• Individual Transition Plan• Financial Forms• DD Form 2586, VMET/CoastGuard request official transcriptwith CG 1561: CGI-PFfirstname.lastname@example.org• Completed rough draft of aresume (template is in your pkg)• OPR/EPR/ORB/OER/ PersonalQualifications Records/DevCounseling 4856, NCO ER• Copy of LES• Laptop (if possible)• Thank You cards• Copy of job announcementsimilar to type of job you’reseeking– www.USAJOBS.com– www.Monster.com– www.INDEED.com98
Don GoshaMilitary Service CoordinatorVA Regional Office, St Louis
VA Benefits can affect you now andfor the rest of your life. They canalso affect your dependents…evenafter your death!
VA• Veterans Benefits Administration– All VA benefits - Compensation, Education, Home LoanGuaranty, etc.– Administered by VA Regional Offices• Veterans Health Administration– All VA health care services– Administered by VA Medical Centers, Ambulatory Care &Community Based Outpatient Clinics, etc.• National Cemetery Administration– National and State Veterans Cemeteries– Headstones & Markers– Presidential Memorial Certificates
Benefits• Compensation• Pension• Health Care• Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment• Education and Training• Home Loans• Life Insurance• Dependent and Survivor Benefits• Burial Benefits
eBenefits – My Gateway to BenefitInformation• www.ebenefits.va.gov• One-stop shop for benefits-related onlinetools and information• You can– Apply for Benefits– See your benefits status and payments online– Download your DD 214
What do I need to know about eBenefits?• Two types of accounts– Basic (to view benefits information)– Premium (also allows viewing of personal VA andDOD records)• Ways to get a Premium account (need DODSelf Service Logon):– Use Common Access Card (CAC)– Retirees with “My Pay” account access– At a VA Regional Office
• Disabilities are rated from 0% to100%• VA rating is independent of anymilitary rating (PEB)• Payments begin with 10% ratings• Additional allowance for dependentswith 30% or higher ratingCompensation
Disability Compensation Process• File VA Form 21-526– There are a number of versions (526, 526b, 526c,526ez). Use the right form for your category.– Critical 1 year timeframe for general medicalexam!– I highly recommend obtaining assistance withfiling via a VA Representative or ServiceOrganization.
When Can I File a Compensation Claim?Can I file while still on Active Duty?• There is no time limit for filling DisabilityCompensation!• Eligible to file a compensation claim within 180days of leaving active duty– Must have a known separation date• Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD)– 60-180 days prior to discharge– Full copy of Service Treatment Records– Be available for exams• Quick Start/Pre-Discharge Claims– 0-60 days prior to discharge– Full copy of Service Treatment Records
Features of a VA Loan• No down payment• Special assistance forveterans w/ difficultymaking payments• Funding Fee waived forVeterans in receipt ofVA Compensation
Loan Purposes• Buy a home• Build a home• Refinance existing loan• Repair, alter, or improve a home• Use only for property located in theUS, its territories or possessions• Must occupy the property as yourhome within a reasonable period oftime
Who is eligible and how do you apply?• Eligibility information is at:www.va.gov/healtheligibility• Application form is: VA Form 10-10EZ
Veterans of Operations Enduring& Iraqi FreedomVA provides up to five years of freehealth care for enrolled Veterans whoserved in a theater of combatoperations and are seeking care for aninjury or illness that was caused oraggravated from this active dutyservice.
www.va.gov/rcs/Vet Centers provide quality readjustmentcounseling in a caring manner. VetCenters understand and appreciateveterans’ military experiences whileassisting them and their family memberstoward a successful post-militaryadjustment in or near their community.ReadjustmentCounselingService
Global War on TerrorismPriority Processing• Recipients of:• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal• Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal• Iraq Campaign Medal• Afghanistan Campaign Medal• On DOD Listing– And meet the following:• OEF/OIF claim received within 6 months of leavingactive duty• All claims for PTSD from OEF/OIF Veterans (exceptincreases)
Other benefits to consider:• Education (GI Bill)– Transferability only while on Active Duty• Vocational Rehabilitation• Veterans Group Life Insurance• Pension
Primary VA Contacts• 1-800-827-1000 (general VA line)• www.va.gov• www.gibill.va.gov• 1-888-442-4551 (education line) or 1-888-GIBILL1• http://www.facebook.com/VeteransBenefits• http://twitter.com/VAVetBenefits
What is SBP?• Retired pay stops when you die!• Many widows were being left destitute• 21 Sep 72 Congress implemented the SBP• Government subsidized annuity program• Patterned after the Civil Service annuity plan• SBP is only way your survivors may continue toreceive a portion of retired pay125
Who can be a beneficiary andreceive the payments?• Spouse only– Receives payments for life• Remarriage after 55 does not suspend payments• Child(ren) only– Under 18 or until 22 if unmarried, full time student– Permanently disabled child receives for life– All eligible children receive the annuity in equal shares• Spouse and Child– Spouse is primary beneficiary– All eligible children receive the annuity in equal sharesonly if spouse becomes ineligible due to death orremarriage before age 55126
Who can be a beneficiary andreceive the payments? (cont)• Insurable Interest Person– Only when no spouse or children at retirement– Can be a relative• If related closer than a cousin, no financial justificationrequired– Can be non-related person with financial interestin retiree– Proof must be provided: life insurance beneficiary,joint property owners127
What is a Base Amount?• Base amount is the amount thatdetermines:– The monthly cost to the member– The annuity paid to the eligible survivor• Retiree selects the base amount:– Highest --full gross retired pay– Lowest --$300128
How much does SBP cost?• Monthly spouse costs are usually 6.5 percent ofbase amount• Child only cost is based on age of member andyoungest child– Less expensive than spouse coverage• Spouse and child coverage:– Spouse cost plus additional amount for the children– Additional child cost is based on age of member,spouse and youngest child (less than the cost of childonly coverage)129
Cost Examples• Assume base amount is $1700 and ages are– Retiring member: 43; Spouse: 41; Youngest child: 7• Assume full coverage is elected– Spouse only coverage costs $110.50 per month– Child only coverage costs $5.78 per month– Spouse and child coverage costs $110.99– Additional cost for child’s portion is only 49 cents130
How much does a spouse receive?• Example of annuity payable upon member’sdeath:– If base amount selected is:$1700– 55% of base amount: X .55– Monthly annuity: $935131
How much does a child receive?• Example of annuity payable upon member’sdeath:– If base amount selected is:$1700– 55% of base amount: X .55– Monthly annuity: $935• Benefit split equally among all eligible children– 2 eligible children receive $467.50 each• Caution: Child coverage, is less expensive, butit can’t replace spouse coverage132
Different than Insurance• SBP premiums are non-taxable• SBP coverage can’t be canceled due to ill health oradvanced age• Government pays portion of SBP premiums• Insurance provides lump sum payments, however-– Pay-out usually decreases with age or premiums rise– When lump sum is gone, that’s it!• SBP provides life-time payments to spouse• SBP annuity increases with COLAs133
Mandatory RetirementProcessing Actions• Attend one-on-one SBP briefing for you andspouse– Spouse must be informed of the options andeffects of the SBP– Come prepared to make SBP election– Spouse must concur in any election of less than fullspouse coverage– Bring all birthdates, marriage date, SSNs for allfamily members– Election may be changed up to last day of activeduty134
Mandatory RetirementProcessing Actions (cont.)• DD Form 2656, Data for Payment of RetiredPersonnel– EVERY retiring member MUST complete this formPRIOR to their date of retirement– Properly establishes their retired pay account• SBP election / Tax status / Correspondence address /Arrears of pay beneficiary information– Spouse must concur in any election of less than fullspouse coverage– Failure to complete DD 2656 prior to retirementestablishes automatic full SBP coverage135