Fort McCoy News January 24, 2014

VA revamps TAP briefings for service members

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) new VA Benefits I and II briefings are now available at Fort McCoy as part of the revamped Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

The goal of the redesigned TAP, now known as Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success), is to provide transitioning service members with a set of value-added, individually tailored training programs and services to equip them with the set of tools they need to pursue their post-military goals successfully.

Service members participating in the new VA Benefits I and II briefings will experience interactive activities teaching them how to review, apply for, and receive the benefits and services they have earned.

The VA's Benefits I briefing provides detailed information on education, health care, compensation, life insurance, home loans and other VA benefits and services.

During VA Benefits II, service members are provided supplementary information to expand and reinforce what is covered in VA Benefits I, an overview of the disability compensation process, and an introduction to the eBenefits portal (VA's web-based benefits application system).

Both briefings are highly interactive and include practical exercises, videos of personal experiences, and a question-and-answer session.

Briefings are offered quarterly on Tuesdays (Benefits I) from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., and (Benefits II) from 1 to 3 p.m. The next scheduled briefing at Fort McCoy is Feb. 4. For more information on attending Transition GPS, please contact Tom Kunz at 608-388-7941 or email

Additionally, briefers conducting VA Benefits I and II briefings are available for appointments outside the classroom to assist all service members, veterans, and Family members who have questions about VA benefits and services they may be eligible to receive. 

They will serve as an important on-site resource for information on available resources.

The VA Benefits Adviser will be available from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3 at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

To schedule an appointment, call 847-688-2509 or 262-496-3198 or just stop by McCoy's.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Career and Alumni Program Office.)