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Transition and Economic Development

Transition

Successful transitions take time. Transition occurs throughout your life, from when you join the military to separation and beyond. At VA, we are here to help you and your family use the benefits you’ve earned throughout your military career. Every transition experience is different. We have resources available to help you discover the benefits you can use in and out of uniform.

The Military to Civilian Readiness Pathway (M2C Ready) is a joint agency effort designed to better connect you with comprehensive transition support starting 365 days preseparation through 365 days postseparation to help you achieve civilian success. While you may know about TAP, there are other tools, resources, and programs to help you and your family throughout your transition and beyond, including VA’s Solid Start program, which helps newly separated service members during the first year of separation. If you recently transitioned out of the military, you can expect a phone call from a qualified VA representative.

Questions about transition? From one duty station to the next, connect with your VA Benefits Advisor (a VA contractor) to:

  • Learn how to use VA benefits while still in uniform. Request a Military Life Cycle (MLC) module to learn more about benefits and services available to you throughout your military career and beyond.
  • Get your questions answered. Schedule a One-On-One Assistance session for help understanding your VA benefits and services.
  • Find local support. Looking for resources for you or your unit? Connect with information on education and training, financial help, housing, and jobs.
  • Prep for transitions. The VA portion of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) explains benefits, demonstrates how to navigate VA web portals, and provides customizable resources to support successful transitions.

Reach out to your unit commander or TAP Manager to be connected with your VA Benefits Advisor today. If you are a transitioning service member, find out more about how to file a claim for disability benefits before you leave the military. Also, find out how to apply for Personalized Career Planning and Guidance. This program can help you decide which civilian or military jobs you want, find a training program or job, and deal with issues that get in the way of your success in training or employment.