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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

DOD to Unveil New Transition Support Program

  • October 18, 2011
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Federal officials next month plan to unveil a completely updated Transition Assistance Program (TAP) that is better designed to reach younger service members that soon will be entering the civilian workforce.

One key enhancement in the program — a collaboration among the Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor departments — will be delivering TAP’s services via the Web, John Campbell, DOD’s deputy assistant secretary for wounded warrior care and transition policy, told American Forces Press Service.

Another key change will be connecting with personnel earlier in their career, Campbell said. The program currently is given at the end of a separating service member’s career.

Meanwhile Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Monday met to discuss ways to help service members embark on civilian careers. The secretaries agreed veterans need a comprehensive job search strategy, improved career counseling, a more direct link to employers, and guidance on GI Bill benefits and small business opportunities, reported American Forces Press Service.

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