New Extended Access to Military OneSource for Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2018

U.S. military servicemen and veterans, as well as their families, can now continue to utilize the extensive Military OneSource website for a full 365 days from separation, more than double the amount of time previously available to them.New Extended Access to Military OneSource for Veterans

While much of the Military OneSource content is accessible by the general public, the site also includes helpful information and tools available only to eligible retirees and veterans. These resources include free income tax help, non-medical counseling, spouse employment support and more. Read more about the newly extended access to Military OneSource for veterans.

Newly Extended Access to Military OneSource for Veterans

Military retirees and those service members discharged under honorable conditions can now access Military OneSource for a full year after their discharge date, end of tour date, or retirement date – up from the previous accessibility of 180 days post-separation. This extended access came as a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by President Trump earlier this year.

The Military OneSource site features an extensive “military life cycle” section, including resources for both those transitioning out of service as well as veterans, including:

  • DoD and VA Discharge Guidance Tool
  • Employment resources for veterans and spouses
  • Financial counseling, including mortgage assistance
  • Help to choose and understand the GI Bill, as well as tuition assistance
  • Information on disability compensation and life insurance
  • Links to important documents like military ID, service records and VMET
  • Links to veterans resources by state and VA tools
  • Pre and post-separation counseling and branch-specific transition support

A major goal of the Military OneSource program is to be available to servicemembers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, with a special emphasis on confidentiality and non-medical counseling.

Transitioning out of a military career can be a challenging time, especially during the first year. The online and in-person resources on Military OneSource are designed to support the veteran and his or her family in as many areas as possible, to help them establish a new routine and life after the military.

Additional elements of the 2019 NDAA will include a military pay raise at 2.6% starting in January, additions of 15,600 troops to the armed services’ overall strength and additional aircraft and ship purchases. The extension of access to Military OneSource was one of several new benefits for military families introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Servicemembers, veterans and immediate family members can find more information at: MilitaryOneSource.mil.

Information is also available via phone, toll-free, at (800) 342-9647, or via international calling options.

Written by Megan Hammons

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