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In May 2005, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (NGB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Under Secretaries for Health and Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), solidifying a partnership between NGB and the VA. The hallmark of this partnership remains the continued access to all National Guard (NG) Veterans and their Families by the VA as part of its outreach program. Additionally, the partnership’s primary goal remains the education of all NG Veterans and their Families regarding their VA benefits and services and how to access them. To this end, the TAA serves as the state-wide point of contact and coordinator for the easy access to those benefits and services.

While NGB initially designed the TAA Program to serve NG members and their Families, the TAA also provides the same support and assistance to all members of the Armed Forces, both active and reserve, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families. This support includes assisting them in accessing VA healthcare facilities, obtaining services through the Military Health System (TRICARE), and in applying for other VA services and benefits, such as compensation and pension for disability, insurance, loan guarantee, vocational rehabilitation/employment, and education benefits. The TAA also engages with other Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) staff members and the Family Assistance Center in building a state coalition of support with the VA and community organizations, which benefit all service members, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families.

State Coalition Model

The state coalition is a model that ties together the resources of the Department of Defense, the VA, the NG, and state/local community resources in an effort to ensure that NG members and their Families receive all the support, benefits and services available to them. Unlike active duty service members who return to a specific military base with onsite support and services for themselves and their Families, members of the reserve components return to their communities and civilian employment. The state coalition provides a community based network of support at the local level, which includes VA, NG, and state/local community organizations, to assist all Service Members, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families.

Role of the Transition Assistance Advisor

The TAA matches the needs of Service Members, Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families by:

  • Providing information and assistance in understanding and obtaining services and benefits from the VA and TRICARE to meet their specific needs.
  • Coordinating with appropriate VA, TRICARE, Veteran Service Organizations, and other federal, state and local community resources to provide critical information and assistance in obtaining services and benefits.
  • Participating in the mobilization and demobilization process to brief and advise regarding all available benefits and services.
  • Assisting and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
  • Researching and resolving issues associated with entitlements when they encounter problems.
  • Providing advice to the JFHQ, and coordinating with Family Support Specialists and Employer Support Groups, regarding benefits and services available through the VA, Department of Labor (Federal and State), and other service and benefit programs.
  • Highlighting best practices through a monthly electronic TAA report, quarterly newsletters, and monthly conference calls with the VA.


Disclaimer of Endorsement  

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise (e.g. fund raisers), does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government, the State of Rhode Island or my employer, Skyline Ultd Inc. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, the State of Rhode Island, or my employer, Skyline Ultd Inc., and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.



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VA Healthcare System:  What’s working well? What needs improvement?

Please join Erin Clare Sears, VA Medical Center Director (Acting) and Erin L. Butler, Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program Manager, to share your thoughts about your healthcare services. A Representative from the Veteran’s Benefits Administration will also be available to answer questions.

*When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 1:00pm-2:00pm

*Where: Providence VA Medical Center 5th Floor, Classroom 2 830 Chalkstone Avenue Providence RI 02908


Stories of Veterans Who hHd Hepatitis C Cured by VA

Please share these videos featuring three Veterans who have had their hepatitis C cured by VA. Each short video shares the Veteran’s story and the importance of hepatitis C testing and treatment.




Chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-borne infection in the world and a major public health concern in the Veterans Health and the United States. If untreated, HCV infection can progress to liver damage leading to cirrhosis, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions. Although many of these complications are treatable or even preventable, about three out of four individuals with HCV infection in the U.S. are unaware they are infected. The good news is that there is a cure for hepatitis C, and VA has it, but Veterans have to get tested, and if necessary, treated.

For more information go to


Water Fire Salute to Veterans Torchbearer Sign Up

The WaterFire Salute to Veterans Torch Registration is now open.   Interested participants may visit the website and click on "Get Involved" to be directed to the proper Torchbearer Registration Forms. There are both "Walking" and "Stationary" torchbearer positions available. The WaterFire is being held on Saturday, November 4, 2015.


  Dedication Ceremony for the Rhode Island Air Force Veterans Memorial

You will find information regarding this dedication ceremony below in the TAA DOCUMENT LIBRARY within the UPCOMING EVENTS file folder.


   40th Annual Rhode Island National Guard Military Ball

You will find a FLYER below in the TAA DOCUMENT LIBRARY within the UPCOMING EVENTS  file folder. 


   Veterans Online Shopping Benefit

You will find a FLYER below in the TAA DOCUMENT LIBRARY.


Veterans Choice Program Law Extended 

You will find a FACT SHEET below in the TAA DOCUMENT LIBRARY.


Eligibility for Burial Determinations in Advance of Need in a VA National Cemetery  

You will find information regarding this subject in the "TAA Document Library" below within a file folder with the same subject title. 

For more information visit:


       VA National Cemeteries Pre-Need Eligibility Determinations (December 2016)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.

Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by: toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to; or mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, P.O. Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151.

VA will review applications and provide written notice of its determination of eligibility. VA will save determinations and supporting documentation in an electronic information system to expedite burial arrangements at the time of need. Because laws and personal circumstances change, upon receipt of a burial request, VA will validate all pre-need determinations in accordance with the laws in effect at that time.

Eligible individuals are entitled to burial in any open VA national cemetery, opening/closing of the grave, a grave liner, perpetual care of the gravesite, and a government-furnished headstone or marker or niche cover, all at no cost to the family. Veterans are also eligible for a burial flag and may be eligible for a Presidential Memorial Certificate.

Information on VA burial benefits:, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000.

To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.


United States Army Retired Soldier Handbook

2016 Online Addition

You will find the PDF version below in the TAA Document Library. 


RI Military Organization Needs Volunteers at the Airport's Military Lounge

The military lounge at TF Green Airports needs volunteers to staff it. Open 15 hours daily, the lounge provides a welcoming place for military service members, Veterans, and their Families to relax and group during their travels. After three years in operation, more than 7,000 visitors have passed through its doors. Volunteers work four-hour shifts with free parking at the airport. New volunteers can begin by sending an email to


VA Offers Seamless Care for Traveling Veterans

If you are enrolled and receive your health care with VA, you will receive the same, consistent care, whether at your local VA treatment site, or an alternate VA site of care. In order to help VA ensure you receive consistent care while you are traveling, the VA asks that you notify your VA Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), preferably 4 to 6 weeks prior to departure, or as soon as you are aware of the trip. Early planning will allow time for PACT and the Traveling Veteran Coordinator to coordinate your care at an alternate VA facility. 

To coordinate your health care with another VA health care facility, you should inform your PACT of the following:

          • travel destination(s), and temporary address

          • a valid telephone number

          • arrival and departure dates

          • specific care concerns

Your PACT will contact the Traveling Veteran Coordinator, who will assist in coordinating your care at the alternate facility.

For more information, contact your PACT or Traveling Veteran Coordinator at your local VA facility.


    Rhode Island National Guard Retirees' 2017 Meeting Schedule  

Schofield Armory, 705 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920-3097

Coffee @ 9AM followed by Meeting @ 10AM

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Guest speakers at each meeting. Come join them! 





You will find the PDF version below in the TAA Document Library. 


The following website provides a wealth of VA information specific to the Guard and Reserve. 


Did You Live at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s - 1980s?

The following website provides current information regarding this subject.



Folder: Providence VA Medical Center Updates
Folder: Eligibility for Burial Determinations in Advance of Need in a VA National Cemetery
Folder: Upcoming Events
Veterans Online Shopping Benefit (Flyer).pdf
The Charles Duncan Buried with Honors Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-273).pdf
Veterans Choice Program Law Extended - Fact Sheet (April 19, 2017).pdf
Women's Veteran Group.pdf
What to Do When a Veteran Passes Away (November 2016).pdf
Providence VA Regional Office Regularly Scheduled Out-Based and Itinerant Services (February 1, 2017).pdf
VA's General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders (PTSD, etc.).pdf
Retired Military Handbook 2016.pdf
DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records (12-30-2016).pdf
VA UPDATE - Camp Lejeune Water Supply Contaminants (9.9.16).pdf
RIPTA Veteran Pass Pilot Program (11-10-16).pdf
US Army Retired Soldier Handbook (October 2016).pdf
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Transition Assistance Advisor

Chuck O’Connor

Sergeant Major, USA (Retired)

 Contractor, Skyline Ultd. Inc.

A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

Joint Force Headquarters 
Rhode Island National Guard
Command Readiness Center
645 New London Avenue 
Cranston, RI 02920-3097 
Office (401) 275-4198
Fax (401) 275-4306






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