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Who we are:
The purpose of the Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) program is to provide a person in each state/territory to serve as the statewide point of contact to assist members in accessing Veterans Affairs benefits and healthcare services. Each TAA also provides assistance in obtaining entitlements through the Veterans Affairs System and access to community resources. The TAA initiative began in May 2005 when the National Guard Bureau signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The TAA program is staffed by 55 contract positions and two federal technicians.

 

Questions?
If you have questions, contact the State Transition Assistance Advisor located in Raleigh at Joint Forces Headquarters
Andrew L. Jackson TAA
JFHQ-NC-G1-SSS North Carolina National Guard
Phone  984-664-6573 • 1-800-621-4136 x46573
Fax 919-664-6001 ext 46573 andrew.l.jackson8.ctr@mail.mil
 

MSG Khan Eakin

State Transition Assistance Specialist

1636 Gold Star Drive

Raleigh, NC 27607

984-664-6056  Ext: 46056

Who we serve:
The program is primarily designed to serve the members of the National Guard and their families. Additionally, we gladly provide services to members in all of the Reserve components.
Why we will be successful in meeting your needs:
We care about you and your family.
Over 90% of us are veterans or spouses of military members.
Many TAAs have worked through the disability process and receive disability compensation.
We have built strong partnerships and coalitions within the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, State Directors of VA, Veterans Services Organizations, and State Headquarters groups, such as Family Support, Chaplains Offices, Department of Labor, and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
What we can do for you as an individual service member:
We help you navigate through the numerous benefits and entitlements in the DoD and VA system. We take the time to assist you and not toss you into the “800 number desert! We will educate you so you will understand the benefits you have earned, such as:
 
Guard entitlements and access for health care in both the DoD and Veteran Affairs medical facilities.
Important deadlines that require your action while still on active duty and as a veteran so you do not miss these time sensitive opportunities.
Dental care programs (time sensitive).
Referral for counseling services for you and your family that will not affect your career.
Referral for possible compensation for injuries or illness sustained in OEF and OIF.
Insurance information such as SGLI and TSGLI
Rehabilitative care management needed to help you return to a normal lifestyle.
Assistance with job search and connection with ESGR for rights of employment.
Assistance in connecting you to the Veterans Benefits Administration and Veteran Service Organizations to file disability claims.
Assistance in the event of financial hardship, healthcare issues, or unemployment needs.
Assistance with locating your medical records, DD 214s and other needed documents.
 
 

 Benefits

Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Medical: Combat Veterans receive health care for up to 5 years from date of discharge from active duty.
Dental: Veterans may receive a one-time dental treatment within 180 days from separation.
Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA)
Montgomery GI Bill
Post-9/11 GI Bill - transferrable
North Carolina Division of Veteran Affairs
NCDVA assist veterans and their families in the presentation, processing, proof and establishment of claims, privileges, rights and benefits as they may be entitled to under Federal, State or local laws.
Directory of Veterans Service Officers (by county)
Learn about State Veterans Benefits
NC National Guard Association
Seek and promote programs that are beneficial to all members of the North Carolina National Guard.
919-851-3390 or 1-800-821-6159
NC Soldier and Airmen Assistance Fund
The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund provides emergency aid to our Guard families in financial crisis.
State Employees Credit Union
All members of the North Carolina National Guard are eligible to become members of the NCSECU.
TURBOTAP
TurboTAP is an easy to use, interactive Web portal that provides life-long support to separating military service members (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and their families.
Military OneSource
Education, relocation, parenting, stress - you name it - Military OneSource is available by phone or online, this free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families.

 Resources

Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces - The Employer Partnership (EP) was created as a way to provide America’s employers with a direct link to Service members and their families. Service members can leverage their military training and experience for career opportunities in today’s civilian job market with national, regional and local Employer Partners. www.employerpartnership.org
PipelineNC- Provides expertise and sophisticated technology that frees businesses, educators, job seekers and exiting military from traditional models of recruiting and hiring. http://pipelinenc.com/
VetJobs- VetJobs makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines, and their family members. http://www.vetjobs.com/
USERRA -The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, are not disadvantaged or discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. http://www.dol.gov/vets
NC Department of Labor- Provides access to North Carolina state government job vacancies. http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs
North Carolina’s Division of Employment Security Commission http://www.ncesc1.com/individual/veterans/veteransMain.asp
Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS) - provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce. http://www.ncesc.com/default.aspx
Recruit Military - Recruit Military is unique among recruiting firms in that we focus solely on matching up military veterans and their spouses with employers across the world. www.recruitmilitary.com
VMET - The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) web site provides eligible service members a VMET document (DD Form 2586) on demand. The VMET data is a portion of a member’s career history, which comes from a large database with data received from the four service’s official personnel and training systems. https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/beneficiary/consent?continueToUrl=%2Fappj%2Fvmet%2Fbeneficiary%2Finit.do
NCCareLINK- A statewide link to assist veterans and their families find a variety of programs, including Veterans Benefits Assistance, Financial Assistance, Hospital and Medical Services, Counseling Services and other veteran related services. https://www.nccarelink.gov
Other Resources
USO –NC www.uso-nc.org
G.I. Jobs: www.gijobs.net
Orion International: www.orioninternational.com
Bradley-Morris: www.bradley-morris.com
Veteran Job Search: www.veteranemployment.com
The Compass Group, focuses on junior officers: www.thecompassgroup.com