Have you met your VA Benefits Advisors?

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons)

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons)


As 2015 comes to a close, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is reflecting on the impact that VA Benefits Advisors have made in the lives of transitioning service members, veterans and their family members.


As part of the Transition Assistance Program, more than 300 VA Benefits Advisors are stationed at more than 280 military installations around the world. VA Benefits Advisors conduct the mandatory VA Benefits I and II briefings and the Career Technical Training Track, a two-day workshop that helps military members identify civilian occupations, establish career goals, and begin applying for credentials and technical training. In addition, VA Benefits Advisors are available to meet with you one-on-one to answer questions about VA benefits, eligibility requirements and application processes.


Nearly all VA Benefits Advisors are veterans or military spouses themselves. They understand the unique needs of service members and veterans, and can relate to the challenges they may face after returning to civilian life. VA Benefits Advisors have helped more than 178,000 transitioning service members, veterans, and family members this year alone.


As one military member put it, “My advisor’s knowledge was undeniably thorough; he kept the class entertained and engaged. He was really down to earth, and I cannot wait to schedule my appointment with him to discuss some of the topics in more depth so I can figure out which benefits are best for me.”


During one-on-one sessions this year, Benefits Advisors helped service members research how to maximize their VA benefits and register on eBenefits, VA’s online application portal. They showed compassion to veterans who experienced a death in the family and needed to quickly submit the correct paperwork during a difficult time. They worked with homeless veterans to find housing resources, and they helped transitioning service members use the Veterans Employment Center to begin the search for a civilian career.


Do not wait to take advantage of your VA Benefits Advisors’ knowledge and expertise. You can talk to your advisor in person or on the phone to discuss your specific questions and concerns. Call 575-904-6777 to talk to a Benefits Advisor at Cannon, or visit their office in Building 600, Room 2080 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.