The Federal Benefits Guidebook for Veterans, Dependents, and Surviving Family Members

As you approach your separation or retirement, you will be provided with a wealth of information from colleagues, briefings, computer-based training, and your federally-mandated Transition Assistance Program course. In fact, not only will you receive more information regarding your federal and state-level benefits than the average person can hope to retain, you will also likely be provided with an abundance of conflicting and incorrect information. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable about the benefits that are available to you by virtue of your service.

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Heads Up: Free Dental Care for Veterans

Unless a veteran has a 100% service-connected disability rating with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has a service-connected mouth injury, or was a prisoner of war, they must find their own post-service dental coverage. Many veterans haven’t even seen a dentist since they were in the military. In response to this unfortunate circumstance, Aspen Dental enacted a “Day of Service” as part of their Healthy Mouth Movement, providing free dental care to veterans. The fifth annual Day of Service will take place on June 9th, 2018.

Aspen Dental operates over 600 locations in 37 US states. To find an office near you and to make a reservation call 1-844-277-3646. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP): What You Need to Know

One of the last remaining hurdles between you and your well-earned DD214 is five long days of congressionally mandated PowerPoint torture, or so you’ve heard.

Don’t let the naysayers convince you that the Transition Assistance Program is a waste of your time. The information provided is extremely important, but you may need some additional guidance in order to maximize its impact. Continue reading “The Transition Assistance Program (TAP): What You Need to Know”

Federal Court to VA: Pain Matters

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year precedent that denied disability claims for pain without connection to a specific medical diagnosis or event. Veteran advocates estimate that over 11,000 disability claims have been denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which asserted “pain alone is not a disability for the purpose of VA disability compensation.” Continue reading “Federal Court to VA: Pain Matters”

The Post-Military Professional: An Introduction

A common expression among veterans: “I wish I would have known…”

It is difficult to know where to start, but in the words of Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I considered writing this blog for years before my separation from the Air Force. Though my journey after getting out was fairly typical, I nonetheless feel a strong urge to relay my experiences and those of others. With this blog I hope to help veterans and service members by relaying professional insights gleaned throughout the transition from active duty into the professional civilian world and beyond. Continue reading “The Post-Military Professional: An Introduction”