What is Soldier For Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)?
We provide transition and employment assistance to Soldiers and their adult family members who are transitioning from active duty. We also assist Veterans, Retirees, and DoD Civilian employees who are in a Reduction in Force (RIF) status. Pre-separation planning includes benefits information, job search skills development, career guidance, search assistance, and a multitude of other services that are vital to a seamless transition.
Why is Transition Assistance Important?
SFL-TAP is a Commander's program mandated by law that supports the Veteran's Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act and Department of Defense/Army Transition Policy. The program's goal is to prepare Soldiers for transition, reduce the number of unemployed Veterans, and reduce the stress our Soldiers and their Families experience during the transition process. Commanders and Directors will manage and facilitate the transition process for Soldiers leaving active duty starting 18 months prior (24 months for Retirees) but not later than 12 months prior to separation.
How Do I Get Started?
Call (913) 684-2227 to schedule an appointment with one of our Counselors. If you are unable to physically attend an appointment, you will receive instructions on how to initiate the process online.
Transition Assistance Program Resources
There is a library of literature in our computer lab that pertains to writing effective and persuasive resumes, conducting a successful interview, and how to choose a career path. We also have computer workstations available to use for preparing or searching for employment or education opportunities. These resources are available to all during normal operating hours.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Representatives On-Site
VA counselors are co-located with Transition Assistance and
provide the VA benefits I and II brief during the week-long Transition
Assistance Program workshop. They are
also available for individual sessions and can provide detailed explanations of
benefits and programs that are available.
Counselors are also a source of information for other questions
relating to VA. The counselors can’t
submit claims for disability, but can provide information on claim requirements
and how the claims process works. To set up an individual appointment with one
of our VA Representatives, call (913) 684-2846 / 2844.
Financial Guidance and Counseling
Our program has an Accredited Financial Counselor available to assist with preparing and planning for the transition from military to civilian. Our counselor will work with you on budget, expected expenditures, and other unexpected expenses that could arise. Call (913) 684-2227 to schedule an appointment.
Education Counselor On-Site
The Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program has an Education Counselor for those who want to learn more about their education options after they leave active duty service. The Education Counselor can provide comprehensive counseling and information for transitioning Soldiers and their family members on educational institutions, benefits, and GI Bill usage. To set up an appointment or to learn more about our in-depth education seminars, please call 684-2539 Tuesday - Thursday.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is the primary 5-day Workshop.
This workshop is conducted at least once a month. It is facilitated by SFL-TAP Transition Counselors, Briefings are conducted by Veteran Employment Representatives from the Department of Labor and from the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits section. This hands-on instruction runs from 0800 to 1630 each day.
Links to files below are provided for the TAP Workshop:
Checklist of items to bring
Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Worksheet
Financial Planning Worksheet
TAP Workshop Appropriate Attire