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Veteran's Services and Benefits

 Transition Assistance Advisor

 

Mission

In May 2005, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (NGB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Under Secretaries for Health and Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), solidifying a partnership between NGB and the VA. The hallmark of this partnership remains the continued access to all National Guard (NG) Veterans and their Families by the VA as part of its outreach program. Additionally, the partnership’s primary goal remains the education of all NG Veterans and their Families regarding their VA benefits and services and how to access them. To this end, the TAA serves as the state-wide point of contact and coordinator for the easy access to those benefits and services.

While NGB initially designed the TAA Program to serve NG members and their Families, the TAA also provides the same support and assistance to all members of the Armed Forces, both active and reserve, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families. This support includes assisting them in accessing VA healthcare facilities, obtaining services through the Military Health System (TRICARE), and in applying for other VA services and benefits, such as compensation and pension for disability, insurance, loan guarantee, vocational rehabilitation/employment, and education benefits. The TAA also engages with other Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) staff members and the Family Assistance Center in building a state coalition of support with the VA and community organizations, which benefit all service members, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families.

State Coalition Model

The state coalition is a model that ties together the resources of the Department of Defense, the VA, the NG, and state/local community resources in an effort to ensure that NG members and their Families receive all the support, benefits and services available to them. Unlike active duty service members who return to a specific military base with onsite support and services for themselves and their Families, members of the reserve components return to their communities and civilian employment. The state coalition provides a community based network of support at the local level, which includes VA, NG, and state/local community organizations, to assist all Service Members, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families.

Role of the Transition Assistance Advisor

The TAA matches the needs of Service Members, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families by:

  • Providing information and assistance in understanding and obtaining services and benefits from the VA and TRICARE to meet their specific needs.
  • Coordinating with appropriate VA, TRICARE, Veteran Service Organizations, and other federal, state and local community resources to provide critical information and assistance in obtaining services and benefits.
  • Participating in the mobilization and demobilization process to brief and advise regarding all available benefits and services.
  • Assisting and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
  • Researching and resolving issues associated with entitlements when they encounter problems.
  • Providing advice to the JFHQ, and coordinating with Family Support Specialists and Employer Support Groups, regarding benefits and services available through the VA, Department of Labor (Federal and State), and other service and benefit programs.
  • Highlighting best practices through a monthly electronic TAA report, quarterly newsletters, and monthly conference calls with the VA.


 

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Disclaimer of Endorsement  

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise (e.g. fund raisers), does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government, the State of Rhode Island or my employer, Skyline Ultd Inc. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, the State of Rhode Island, or my employer, Skyline Ultd Inc., and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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Volunteers Needed for a Study of Veteran Community Integration

Are you a loved one or a caregiver of a Veteran? If so, you may qualify for a research study at the Providence VA Medical Center.

You may be eligible to participate if you are:

- 18‐80 years old

- the spouse, partner, loved one or other caregiver of a Veteran with mental or physical health problems who has received care in the DoD or VA system

If you are invited to participate, you will be asked to take part in one 2-hour visit at the Providence VA Medical Center. 

Parking is free, and all volunteers will receive a $30 gift card for participating.

Please contact Kate Barnabe at (401) 273-7100 X6272 for more information.

You will find a flyer for this event under the "TAA Document Library" below within the "Event Flyers" file folder.

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VETERANS NEEDED!!!!!

WaterFire Providence needs Veterans as tourchbearers for this year's Veterans' Day WaterFire scheduled for Saturday, November 8th. You will find a flyer for this event under the "TAA Document Library" below within the "Event Flyers" file folder.

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Women Warriors 2014 Luncheon (Fourth Annual)

When: Tuesday November 11th, 1130AM - 130PM

Where: Quidnessett Country Club, 950 North Quidnessett Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852

This Veterans Day you can again pay tribute to the military members who defend our freedom by attending a living history luncheon at the Quidnessett Country Club. The Women Warriors 2014 Luncheon will honor the many selfless women who have served our country and feature three female warrior panelists and key speaker whose stories of leadership and service will be motivational to everyone in attendance. This is the fourth year of the luncheon and it has become a marquee event for Rhode Islanders to celebrate Veterans Day.

The luncheon will benefit the Marine CPL Holly Charette Home owned and operated by Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The home was opened in July of 2010 and became Rhode Island's first and only transitional housing for homeless female veterans. The home houses six female veterans at any one time. It is dedicated in honor of Marine CPL Holly Charette who lost her life on 23 June 2005 when her convoy was struck by a suicide bomber in the Anbar province of Falujuah, Iraq. Hailing from Cranston, RI, Marine CPL Charette is Rhode Island's first female killed in Iraq.

EVENT QUESTIONS and TICKETS please contact Cassi Ducharme at 401-383-4730.

ABOUT OPERATION STAND DOWN RHODE ISLAND

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Rhode Island's primary nonprofit resource for homeless and at-risk veterans. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Johnston, OSDRI's mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans secure stable housing.

Ending the cycle of veteran homelessness, and preventing it, requires much more than providing a roof over the head of an individual veteran or veteran family. To achieve this goal, OSDRI offers a wide range of life-changing services including supportive permanent and transitional housing, intensive case management, basic human needs assistance (for example, food and clothing) and an employment training and placement program.

OSDRI works hand in hand with almost every major state and federal agency as well as community organizations and employers to provide seamless referrals to outside sources of assistance.

The 31st Annual Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony

The 31st Annual Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 23rd, 10AM, on the grounds of the Portsmouth Historical Society, 870 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. This annual observance will coincide with the observance at the Beirut Memorial site in the Camp Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

On Sunday, October 23, 1983, a terrorist truck bomb exploded in a barracks killing 241 American Servicemen including 220 Marines, 10 Sailors, 3 Soldiers, and injuring 128 Americans. Nine Rhode Islanders serving with the U.S. Marine Corps died in the attack.

Point of Contact:  Chuck O'Connor, National Guard Transition Assistance Advisor, 401.275.4198, charles.b.oconnor.ctr@mail.mil.

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KOREAN WAR VETERANS PLAQUE DEDICATION

The State of Rhode Island cordially invites all Korean War Veterans, their Families and Friends, to attend the KOREAN WAR VETERANS PLAQUE DEDICATION at the State House, Bell Room (1st Floor City Side), 82 Smith Street, Providence, Rhode Island, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 10AM.

Parking is available in the lower lots of the State House.

You will find a flyer for this event below under the "TAA Document Library" within the "Event Flyers" file folder at the following website.

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 VA Dental Insurance Program

The VA is implementing a comprehensive national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) to give enrolled Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental and MetLife at a reduced cost. Participation is voluntary. Purchasing a dental plan does not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment. VADIP opens November 15 for the purchasing of plans, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Covered services include diagnostic, preventative, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Delta Dental and MetLife are offering multiple plans. Each participant pays the fixed monthly premiums for coverage and any copayments required, depending on the type of plan selected.

Dependents of Veterans, except those eligible under CHAMPVA, are not authorized to participate in VADIP. Those individuals may be eligible for separate dental insurance coverage offered by these carriers.

For more information about VADIP, explore the VA's brochure, fact sheet, and  "Frequently Asked Questions" brochure below within the "VA (US)" file folder under the "TAA Document Library". 

You can enroll online at www.deltadentalvadip.org. If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up an enrollment form at the Providence VA Regional Office, 380 Westminster Street, Suite 201. I also have enrollment forms.

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  Rhode Island National Guard Retirees' 2014 Meeting Schedule - Remaining Dates 

Schofield Armory, 705 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920-3097

Coffee @ 9AM followed by Meeting @ 10AM

  Saturday, December 13th

Guest speakers at each meeting. Come join them!

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FLYERS

You will find flyers/brochures for the following events under the "TAA Document Library" below within the "Event Flyers" file folder.

Providence VA Medical Center's Seasonal Flu Clinics (September 17 - December 19, 2014)

New Vets Home Project Celebration (October 20, 2014)

Korean War Veterans Plaque Dedication (October 25, 2014)

Veterans Day Observance - Smithfield Lodge of Elks (November 2, 2014)

Armistice Day Ceremony, Infantry Lodge Associates, (November 11, 2014)

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FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS, DEPENDENTS & SURVIVORS

2013 ONLINE EDITION

http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

You will find below the PDF version under the TAA Document Library within the VA (US) file.

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The following website provides a wealth of VA information specific to the Guard and Reserve.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/GUARDRESERVE/index.asp

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Did You Live at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s - 1980s?

The following website provides current information regarding this subject.

 http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/index.asp

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 Reintegration Resources for Service Members

Courtesy of VA for Vets

http://vaforvets.va.gov/va-employees/Documents/Web_MSMReintegrationResources_2011_11_11.pdf

 

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 Contact Us

 

SGM (RET) O'Connor, RI TAA

Transition Assistance Advisor
Chuck O’Connor
Sergeant Major, USA (Retired)
 Contractor, Skyline Ultd. Inc.
A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

Joint Force Headquarters 
Rhode Island National Guard
Command Readiness Center
645 New London Avenue 
Cranston, RI 02920-3097 
Office (401) 275-4198
Fax (401) 275-4306 
charles.b.oconnor.ctr@mail.mil

 

 Links

  VA’s Action Plan: Burn Pits and Airborne Hazards
  VA's War Related Illness and Injury Study Center

 Transition Coalition

 

State of Rhode Island

Division of Veteran Affairs