The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor re-launched a new and improved Website for wounded warriors – the National Resource Directory (NRD). This directory (www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov) provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The NRD is a comprehensive online tool available nationwide for wounded, ill and injured Servicemembers, Veterans and their families.
The NRD includes extensive information for Veterans seeking resources on VA benefits such as disability benefits, pensions for Veterans and their families, VA health care insurance and the GI Bill. The NRD’s design and interface is simple, easy-to-navigate and intended to answer the needs of a broad audience of users within the military, Veteran and Caregiver communities.
Transition From Military to VA
VA has personnel stationed at major military hospitals to help seriously injured Servicemembers returning from Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) as they transition from military to civilian life. OEF/OIF Servicemembers who have questions about VA benefits or need assistance in filing a VA claim or accessing services can contact the nearest VA office or call 1-800-827-1000.
The eBenefits portal (www.ebenefits.va.gov) provides Servicemembers, Veterans, their families, and Caregivers with self-service access to benefit applications, benefits information, and access to personal information such as official military personnel file documents. The portal provides two main services; it catalogs links to information on other Websites about military and Veterans benefits, and it provides a personalized workspace called My eBenefits, which gives quick access to all the online tools currently integrated into eBenefits.
Transition Assistance Program
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) consists of comprehensive three-day workshops at military installations designed to help service members as they transition from military to civilian life. The program includes job search, employment and training information, as well as VA benefits information, to service members who are within 12 months of separation or 24 months of retirement.
A companion workshop, the Disabled Transition Assistance Program, provides information on VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, as well as other programs for the disabled.
Additional information about these programs is available at http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap/tap_fs.htm.
Servicemembers and Veterans may receive assistance from the inTransition Program when they are receiving mental health treatment and are making transitions from military service, location or a health care system. This program provides access to transitional support, motivation and healthy lifestyle assistance and advice from qualified coaches through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-424-7877. For more information about The inTransition Program, please log onto www.health.mil/inTransition.