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Military Life Cycle Resources

It’s never too early to learn about the VA benefits you’ve earned and deserve. The sooner you discover what is available, the sooner you can plan for your and your family’s success. Earlier connections with VA can make a difference in your military career or transition. Military Life Cycle (MLC) modules are a quick and easy way to learn about your VA benefits, and how you can use them while still in uniform.

MLC modules are 45- to 60-minute information sessions that help you and your loved ones plan for the future. They are especially valuable after major events like permanent changes of station (PCS), getting married, or having a child.

Take an MLC module in person at your installation by contacting your VA Benefits Advisor. MLC modules are also available online with the DoD's Joint Knowledge Online. View the MLC module topics and access the online resource guides for each topic below.

VA Education Benefits »

Education, training, certification, testing, and apprenticeship opportunities are important to your career development, both in uniform and out. This module will teach you about the DoD and VA benefits that you can use toward the cost of tuition, housing, books, and supplies.

When should I take this module? First duty station, reenlistment.

VA Benefits 101 »

You’ve earned a lot through your service, including VA education, home loan guaranty, health care, and insurance and memorial benefits. Learn about what you’ve earned in this module.

When should I take this module? Enlistment, activation/deactivation, major life events.

Social and Emotional Health Resources »

Military life is rewarding, but it isn’t always easy. This module will walk you through the services that help you deal with stressful life experiences.

When should I take this module? PCS, major life events, deployments, activations/deactivations.

Community Integration Resources »

Sudden and frequent moves are a feature of military life. Learn how to find local services and community organizations that can help you and your family members through the National Resource Directory.

When should I take this module? First duty station, PCS.

Vet Centers »

Life isn’t always easy after deployment. Learn how Vet Centers can help eligible service members and their families adjust after returning from combat, or any time when they need assistance.

When should I take this module? Deployment, or after a major life event like marriage, divorce, death of a loved one, or birth of a child.

VA Life Insurance Benefits »

Life insurance is a critical component of financial planning and security. Learn about different VA life insurance benefits and services available to you and your loved ones, as well as information on financial planning and will preparation services.

When should I take this module? Major life events like marriage, divorce, death of a loved one, or birth of a child.

Reserve Component Dual Payments »

Learn about laws and requirements for dual payment situations like active duty, active training, or inactive training at the same time as VA disability compensation or pension benefits.

When should I take this module? Members of the reserve components should take this module at their first duty station, during Drill or Annual Training, during activation/deactivation, or when returning to active duty.

Survivor and Casualty Assistance Resources »

There are many ways DoD and VA help families who have lost a loved one. Learn about the casualty assistance benefits and resources available to survivors.

When should I take this module? First duty station, deployment, or a major life event like marriage, death of a loved one, divorce, or birth of a child.