Military OneSource is now available to Veterans and their families for a full year after separating from the military


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The following is U.S. Department of Defense press release dated Aug. 13, 2018.

The Department of Defense announced today it will extend eligibility for Military OneSource benefits from the current 180 days to 365 days after separation or retirement from military service to ensure all service members and families have access to comprehensive support as they transition to civilian life.  This change goes into effect today in accordance with the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019.

Military OneSource provides information, resources and support for active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and survivors. Provided at no cost, Military OneSource gives exclusive access to programs, tools, and benefits designed to help ensure service members and their families are mission-ready and able to thrive in both their military and post-military lives.

“Each person is unique, and so is each military-to-civilian transition,” said. A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “We want all of Military OneSource’s resources to be there when someone needs them — whether it is a day, a week or many months after their transition to civilian life.”

As a DOD program, Military OneSource offers a wide range of services designed exclusively for the military community. Services include help with relocation, tax support, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, as well as confidential non-medical counseling and specialty consultations for spouse employment, education, adoption, elder care, special needs and much more.

“Military OneSource is powered by people with extensive knowledge and training in meeting the needs of our military community, many of whom have also served or lived in military families,” explained Lee Kelley, program director of the Non-medical Counseling Program Office within military community and family policy. “We’re dedicated to providing expert, proven, and practical support and information to our service members and their families to help them achieve their goals and live their best military life.”

Military OneSource services are accessible 24/7, service members and family members can call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or go to www.militaryonesource.mil. To explore additional benefits that may be available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to https://explore.va.gov/.

Author

Gary Hicks

is the Director of VA’s Office of Digital Media Engagement. He is a former managing editor of a daily newspaper and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Gary’s wife is a senior master sergeant stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Comments

  1. Paul Wilson    

    Thank you Sooo much for helping us sleep after 20 plus years of inadequate rest.

  2. Charlie Ray Gholson    

    Dear Gary,
    I am so glad to see that the VA is extending Military OneSource to the Veterans. Many Veterans leave the service with Sleep Apnea and are provided the tools to overcome this disability such as CPAP. However, many give up on using CPAP because of the constant pulling off of the head gear when turning and moving about at night. I manufacture the Hose Buddy and related products that assist in adapting to CPAP and have for years attempted to get various VA hospitals to provide this product to the patient. The sleep therapist after diagnosing the problem passes the information to the prosthetic person who orders the CPAP unit and the Hose Buddy along with the Travel Buddy. Usually the prosthetic part gets side tracked and not ordered at all or the prosthetic person just does not realize the importance of the hose management system. I have given away many units to Veterans out of deep respect for our service people. All VA hospitals should provide hose management systems with each CPAP unit prescribed.
    Thank you very much for your attention to this problem.
    Charlie Gholson
    Hose Buddy Systems, LLC
    704-922-1765

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