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Staten Island Vet Center VA Transition Assistance Program for Reserve/Guard

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The Transition Assistance Program provides information/resources, and tools to service members to help prepare for civilian life

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About 200,000 service members transition to civilian life each year. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, resources, and tools to service members and their loved ones to help prepare for the move from military to civilian life. Service members begin TAP one year prior to separation, or two years prior to retiring.

We recognize the unique challenges that members of the reserve components experience in their dual citizen-service member role. I will show you resources specifically tailored to members of the reserve/guard components. The presentation also highlights separation documents specific for reserve component-specific eligibility information.

The VA portion of TAP is where i come in, I will explain the process so it helps you understand how to navigate VA and the benefits and services you’ve earned through your military career. This presentation offers interactive exercises, real examples, and covers topics important to you like family support, disability compensation, education, and health care benefits.

This event is first come , first serve....

If we get an enormous amount of request we will hold another event at another time.

There will be a Q & A after the presentation.

Once confirmed about your registration, a form will be sent out to every participants. This form need to be filled out before the event and returned.

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Organizer Staten Island Vet Center, Samuel B. Cottes, Jr.,

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Samuel B. Cottes, Jr. serves as the one of the outreach staff member out of the five boroughs of New York City for the Military, Reserve, and National Guard members returning from the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As the Veteran Outreach Specialist, Samuel B. Cottes, Jr. establishes outreach service provision with military installations. Reserve, and National Guard facilities within a designated geographical area. The incumbent provides transitional assistance program briefings to Military, Reserve, and National Guard personnel transitioning from combat service/active duty.

Further responsibilities include developing and distributing outreach materials to include brochures, fact sheets, web content, and other targeted information which highlights vet center services and locations. The incumbent Works with local and regional media including television, radio, and print media to alert newly returning service members and their families to Vet Center services and activities.

Provides training and information to VA staff, other federal agencies and community agencies regarding both Vet Center services and the GWOT experience. Develops and maintains working relationships with a network of service provision agencies and individuals in all areas relevant to returning GWOT service members and their families. Both organizes and participates in a myriad of community activities and events that have high probability of GWOT veterans present such as "Welcome Home" parades and picnics, Veteran Service Organization meetings and events, GWOT service recognition events, etc.

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