Washington National Guard LogoTransition Assitance Advisors

Who we are: 

The purpose of the Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) program is to provide a professional in each state/territory (some states have two TAAs) to serve as the statewide point of contact to assist Service Members in accessing Veterans Affairs benefits and healthcare services.  Each TAA also provides assistance in obtaining entitlements through the TRICARE Military Health System and access to community resources. The TAA initiative started in May 2005 when the National Guard Bureau (NGB) signed a Memorandum of Agree-ment with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The TAA program is staffed by 60 contract positions and two federal technicians. 

Transition Assistance Advisor
Why we TAAs will be successful in meeting your needs:
  • We care about you and your family.
  • Over 90% of us are Veterans or spouses of military members.
  • Many of us have worked through the disability process and receive disability compensation.
  • We have built strong partnerships and coalitions with the Department of Defense (TRICARE), the VA, State Directors of VA, Veterans Services Organizations, and State Headquarters groups, such as Family Support, Chaplains Offices, Department of Labor, and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) - and this translates into personalized service for you.
Who we serve:

The program is designed to serve National Guard members and their families.  Additionally, we gladly provide services to members in all components.

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What we can do for you:

We help you navigate through the vast myriad of benefits and entitlements in the DoD and VA system. We take the time to assist you and not toss you into the “800 number desert!” We will educate you so you will understand the benefits you have earned, such as:

  • Guard entitlements and access for healthcare in both the DoD and VA medical facilities.
  • TRICARE benefits while you are on active duty and when you return as an OIF/OEF Veteran.
  • Important deadlines that require your action while still on active duty and as a Veteran so you do not miss these time-sensitive opportunities.
  • Dental care programs (time-sensitive benefit).
  • Referral for counseling services for you and your family that will not affect your career.
  • Referral for possible compensation for injuries or illness sustained in OEF and OIF.
  • Insurance information such as SGLI, TSGLI, FSGLI.
  • Rehabilitative care management needed to help you return to a normal lifestyle.
  • Assistance with job search and connection with ESGR for rights of employment.
  • Assistance in connecting you to the Veterans Benefits Administration and Veterans Services Organizations to file disability claims.
  • Assistance in the event of financial hardship, healthcare issues, or unemployment needs.
  • Assistance with locating your medical records, DD 214s and other needed documents.

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war...shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."    

 President George Washington

Where we may travel to ensure that you, your family members, your leadership, and the local state and federal agencies understand these benefits:
  • Mobilization and demobilization sites Mother& Daughter
  • Reintegration meetings
  • Unit events/drill weekend gatherings
  • Sponsored Guard leadership conferences at the national
    and state levels and specialized organizational agency meetings
  • Post Deployment Health Reassessment sites
  • Guard Fairs




What you mean to us:

You served your country;
now let us serve you.

To learn more, contact the Transition Assistance Advisor

Annie DeAndrea
Building 3, Camp Murray
Tacoma, WA 98430