Transition Assistance Advisor Program
The Transition Assistance Advisor program provides a point of contact in every state and territory to offer direction and guidance to veterans in accessing their benefits. The TAA program is staffed by 55 contract positions and two federal technicians.
Your TAA has built strong partnerships and coalitions with the Department of Defense (TRICARE), Department of Labor (DOL-VETS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), North Dakota Departments of Veterans Affairs (NDDVA), Veterans Service Organizations (AMVETS, DAV, VFW, American Legion), as well as with organizations within the North Dakota National Guard State Headquarters: Family Program Office, chaplains, licensed social workers, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Who We Serve
The TAA program is primarily designed to serve members of the National Guard and their families; however, we gladly provide services to members of all military components.
Where We Are
Most of the TAA's are located at their State National Guard Headquarters, but we will travel to ensure that you, your families, your leadership, and local, state, and federal agencies understand your benefits. We are available during mobilization, demobilization, reintegration, drill weekends, and wherever you need us to be.
Veterans of Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom
Applying for VA Benefits
One of the more difficult tasks for a returning veteran is applying for the many VA benefits. The unknown of "should I," "would I qualify," "how do I apply," or "where do I go for help" can be a frustrating experience.
VA Eligibility Statement for Reserve and National Guard Personnel
The primary factor in determining basic eligibility to VA benefits is "veteran status," which is established by active military, naval, or air service and a discharge or release from active service under conditions other than dishonorable.
Reservists who served on active duty establish veteran status and may therefore be eligible for VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and the character of discharge or release. In addition, reservists who are never called to active duty may qualify for some VA benefits.
National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits only if the President activated them for Federal duty.
The Transition Assistance Advisor in North Dakota is
Michael R. Aberle
P.O. Box 5511
Bismarck, ND 58501
His office is located in the Military Services Center
4200 Miriam Ave.