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Support Veterans better than ever while driving new business referrals and strengthening reputations.

Whether you are a Veteran claims representative looking to improve your resume, a manager seeking training opportunities for your team, or an organization overhauling your training policies and procedures, SAVI is here to help.

SAVI’s Veteran Benefits Representative (VBR) Certification program helps train and increase the efficiency of your organization’s providers and all Veteran-facing staffers.Our process recognizes Veterans service providers nationwide with a SAVI badge for their exceptional customer service and their proven ability to deliver results.

Are you seeking to better recruit, retain, and engage Veteran workers? Want to commit to hiring more Veterans in support of your own company mission? We offer customized programming and consulting designed to deliver valuable insights into military culture. Veteran founders and C-suite executives at nonprofit organizations are also eligible for SAVI’s comprehensive business consulting support to help them grow their capacities and thrive.

 

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CERTIFICATES FOR ORGANIZATIONS

As they navigate the Veteran Affairs system, Veterans are assigned to case managers meant to help them navigate their various benefits, including by connecting them with you– a third-party provider. Your organization can apply to receive SAVI’s Certification. This certification identifies you as a top-tier service in the industry, as you organization is evaluated on — their attention to detail, delivery of successful outcomes for Veterans, quality of customer service, and ability to support progress toward the Veteran’s overall and unique goals.

SAVI-certified organizations and providers will be promoted within our extensive network of Veterans and beyond, winning you new business and enhanced support from your target audiences, regulators, and the public. Providers include those at any touchpoint in the military-to-civilian transition: healthcare delivery (mental, behavioral, and clinical), claims processing, educational and professional advising, financial services, and more.

Pricing: Starting as low as $3,500

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EMPLOYER PROGRAMS

 

Veterans bring unique perspectives and skill sets to the workforce that are invaluable for any company: leadership, problem-solving, communication expertise, and more. SAVI is committed to helping organizations and employers from all sectors (nonprofit, public, and private) to better understand the common challenges service-members face as they transition to post-military jobs. After years of service, this adjustment can be challenging for many Veterans, often leading to crossed wires with their colleagues and untapped potential for greater business results.

When partnering with SAVI, companies offering jobs for Veterans receive a comprehensive assessment on how well they’re doing to create a transition-friendly environment, followed by SAVI’s full-service support in rolling out improvement strategies. Included in this consulting program are customized workshops to build or strengthen your strategies for recruiting, onboarding, retaining, and leveraging the skills of Veteran employees.

Pricing: Starting as low as $99 per person

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CERTIFICATION FOR CLAIMS, COMMUNITY & LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES

SAVI is dedicated to boosting the skills and knowledge of Veterans claims representatives by helping them better understand the unique challenges service-members face as they transition to civilian life. The four-level Veteran Benefits Representative Certification program is a multipronged program that ensures all information is covered in a simple-to-understand, yet comprehensive way. A certificate awarded from SAVI at any level will set you apart from your peers, improve your team confidence and morale, and distinguish your organization

When you (or your team or organization) enroll in this self-guided cohort-based online program, you will gain access to technical training on the claims process, a database of FAQs developed and maintained by successful industry professionals, and the chance to apply your newfound skills to your actual job and teach your lessons learned to others. Ongoing guidance from tutorials and SAVI instructors — as well as a career-long support system that you’ll build while networking with your fellow classmates — will empower you to keep pace with any changes that affect you, your work, your team, and your organization.

LEVEL I LEVEL II LEVEL III LEVEL IV

LEVEL I: VETERAN ADVISOR

The VBR Level I Certificate streamlines the VA-required education process, highlighting current VA procedures, internal efforts, regulations, developments, and adjudication.

As a SAVI VBR Advisor, you will:

• Build on 1 to 3 years of field-relevant professional experience.
• Complete 5 competency-based virtual courses.
• Demonstrate a practical application of your skills to ensure a full grasp of the information and your ability to thrive.
• Receive a certification (after passing our comprehensive exam) to ensure you have the skills and information needed to succeed as a VBR Advisor.

Pricing: Starting as low as $95 per person

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LEVEL II: VETERAN SPECIALIST

The VBR Level II Certificate requires everything from Level I, plus the following components:
• Build on 3 to 5 years of field-relevant professional experience.
• Complete 5 additional competency-based virtual courses (10 total if you skipped Level I).
• Submit a writing sample for review by SAVI exerts, to determine your ability to clarify Veteran questions and concerns about their benefits.
• Receive a certification (after passing our comprehensive exam) to ensure you have the skills and information needed to succeed as a VBR Specialist.

Pricing: Starting as low as $185 per person

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LEVEL III: VETERAN EXPERT

The VBR Level III Certificate requires everything from Levels I and II, plus the following components:
• Build on 5 to 9 years of field-relevant professional experience.
• Complete an additional 5 competency-based virtual courses (15 total if you skipped Levels I and II).
• Support the SAVI philosophy by instructing a course for VBR Level I Certificate candidates and by contributing to our FAQs database of issues they will encounter.
• Receive a certification (after passing our comprehensive exam) to ensure you have the skills and information needed to succeed as a VBR Expert.

Pricing: Starting as low as $310 per person

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LEVEL IV: INSTRUCTOR

The VBR Level IV Certificate requires everything from Levels I, II, and III, plus the following components:
• Build on 10+ years of field-relevant professional experience.
• Complete 3 additional technical virtual courses (18 total if you skipped Levels I, II, and III).
• Successfully deliver a “train-the-trainer” program to ensure full comprehension of the intricacies of the benefits system.
• Receive a certification (after passing our comprehensive exam) to ensure you have the skills and information needed to succeed as a VBR Instructor.

Pricing: Starting as low as $475 per person

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NONPROFIT PROGRAM

SAVI loves our own work supporting service-members during their transition into civilian life. But what we love just as much is the chance to partner with other Veteran-run and Veteran-founded nonprofit organizations to help them thrive. Leaders at these organizations know more than anyone else the challenges that come with the transition from service-member to civilian. The SAVI team wants to make sure that you never lose your drive to uplift fellow Veterans, especially in the toughest early stages of the process.

We’re here to help Veteran leaders power through the business and strategic aspects of building a solid base for their nonprofit organization. This includes planning to hire Veterans for post-military jobs, developing your board, and creating internal processes for mission auditing and fundraising. Each of these aspects is essential to running a successful nonprofit, and SAVI’s own founding team and extensive network of nonprofit leaders can provide you with any practical advice you may need.

Pricing: Starting as low as $2,500

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EDUCATION TRACK

Academic advising, walkthroughs of your VA education benefits … and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans in SAVI’s programs gain access to our carefully developed tools for post-military students, including the SAVI Student Transition Incubator℠, Student Track Transition Program℠, and Student Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our personalized career path determination assistance.

These SAVI instructors and mentors, along with the entire SAVI team, understand that each of our services is vital to a whole life approach to the military-to-civilian transition. We take your unique goals, circumstances, and vision into account as we craft personalized assistance throughout your twelve-month journey with SAVI.  

EMPLOYMENT TRACK

Civilian workplace etiquette, the hiring process, job searches, performance evaluations...and everything in between.

SAVI’s Employment Track delivers start-to-finish support to help Veterans navigate a new career. From skills assessments to professional networking strategies, SAVI offers custom-built tools — including the SAVI Employment Transition Incubator℠, Job Networking & Search Service℠, and Employment Benefit Assessment Service℠ — as well as job retention and mentoring services to help you every step of the way.

These SAVI mentors have been in your shoes and have experience in the unique challenges Veterans may face as they seek employment after service. They are with you every step of the way throughout your twelve-month program, and provide ongoing professional guidance and mentorship throughout your career.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK

Value propositions, initial funding, branding, launch strategies… and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans on this track receive our comprehensive tools for personal business success: the SAVI Entrepreneur Transition Incubator℠ and Entrepreneur Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our opportunity consulting and our funding exploration support.

Through your twelve month journey with SAVI, your mentors will guide you through the Entrepreneurship track while providing unique insight and guidance based on their own experience. Whether you are just starting a new venture, or expanding a passion project you created while in the military, our Entrepreneurship team is here for you every step of the way.

RETIREMENT TRACK

VA compensation and benefits, healthcare, financial planning… and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans on this track receive comprehensive tools for a successful retirement: the SAVI Retirement Transition Incubator℠ and Retirement Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our one-on-one ongoing assistance and assessment services. We’re here to ensure you don’t have to muddle through the financial, personal, and emotional aspects of retirement on your own.

Our Retirement mentors know what it’s like to transition from a steady career to retirement, and want to use their personal and professional experience to help you have a smooth transition. Whether you have questions on finances or healthcare, or the more personal aspects of upkeeping emotional health, we are here for you every step of the way.


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Getting Connected with Your Local Veterans Organizations

If you’re a military Veteran, then you’re a part of a very niche group. Active military personnel make up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population today, so it’s not surprising that so many Veterans feel isolated as they start their transitions into civilian life.

Yet this issue isn’t a new one. Since 1899, organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and The American Legion were created to offer Veterans a place for camaraderie, to feel empowered, and to help boost troop morale for those still in the service.

Fast-forward to today and Veterans groups have emerged in nearly every community in the country and boast a wide variety of scope and missions — such as the career program by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the suicide prevention work by The Military Veteran Project. The benefits to getting involved with one of these local groups include much more than just gaining buddies to swap war-stories with. Veterans can also get assistance with job placements, career counseling, emotional support, and finding resources for disabled Vets.

Not sure where to begin to find your local Veteran connections? Here’s a list of a few national Veteran groups with various local chapters across the nation.

The American Legion ​
AMVETS
Disabled American Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Korean War Veterans Association
The Military Veteran Project
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Student Veterans of America
• Vietnam Veterans of America

For a more comprehensive list of military charities, organizations, and government contacts, click here.

Get Squared Away: A Comprehensive Checklist for Transitioning Service-Members

18 Months Before Your Discharge
• Review GI Bill and tuition assistance benefits
• Review GI Bill transferability requirements (Transferring your benefits may require re-enlisting or incurring an additional service obligation.)
• Use the DoD Online Academic Skills course to prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT Exams
• Take a skills/interest assessment through your local ESO or career counselor
• Consider taking CLEP exams to complete your general education requirements
• Reach out to your SAVI mentor for tips from someone who has lived through the transition experience -Start developing your personal and professional networks
• Review your post-separation budget, and start planning for your financial transition
• Register on LinkedIn to get ready for networking opportunities
• Research the job potential, affordability, and community where you plan to live

12 Months Before Your Discharge
• Start developing an Individual Transition Plan
• Review your Pre-Separation Checklist (DD 2648)
• Get your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) document (DD 2586)
• Research the cost of living where you plan to live as a civilian-Learn about your VA home benefits -Make an appointment with your local Transition Counselor
• Attend a Transition GPS five-day workshop -Check job boards, and start exploring the right career options for you
• Start exploring the right degree and college for you -Request “house hunting orders”
• Enroll in a SAVI Transition Incubator℠
• Use a skills translator to begin developing a civilian resume

9 Months Before Your Discharge
• Continue building your networks through LinkedIn and elsewhere
• Consider an employment assistance program
• Start writing your resume
• Search for jobs in your field and area to see what’s out there
• Arrange for HHG transportation counseling -Research your healthcare options, including Employer-Provided Civilian Care, CHCBP, Transitional Health Care Benefits, and CHAMP
• Make a budget, and prepare to pay for health insurance coverage

6 Months Before Your Discharge
• Start applying for jobs -Start building a wardrobe for the civilian workplace
• Continue to expand your career networks
• Attend career fairs
• Review and update your will and financial documents
• Consider whether to take terminal leave or sell back your balance
• Schedule appointments for household goods (HHG) shipment and storage
• Schedule final medical checkups for all family members
• Visit the Legal Assistance Office for help updating your documents
• Determine if you’re eligible for separation pay or early retirement
•Begin your PCS and housing checkout procedures -Begin looking for VSOs to join

3 Months Before Your Discharge
• Consider job placement services
• Use the VA Pre-discharge program to determine your eligibility for VA Disability Compensation
• Review your finances to ensure your budget will work in civilian life
• Compare SGLI to VGLI and other life insurance options
• Get to know more about where you plan to live
• Contact your Military Treatment Facility, and get copies of all of your health records
• Complete a physical with your MTF or a VA Medical Center
• Take advantage of the two-day TAP GPS program for education and entrepreneurship support

1 Month Before Your Discharge
• Finalize your relocation appointments, and review your benefits
• Arrange for inspection of any government housing
• Choose your transitional healthcare plan

Enrolling in VA Healthcare

1. Make it easier on yourself: Start with support from VA’s Concierge of Care. Enrolling in VA care isn’t as tough a process as it used to be. In October 2017, VA launched its Concierge for Care (C4C) program to enhance its support for transitioning Veterans in getting VA healthcare. The C4C initiative educates and empowers Veterans while simplifying the healthcare application and enrollment process. This means that, shortly after you separate, you’ll get a phone call from a representative who can answer questions, process your VA healthcare enrollment application, and schedule your first VA medical appointment.

2. Get notified of your application status. After your application is submitted, you’ll receive another phone call from VA to let you know whether your enrollment is approved. VA will also send you a Veterans Health Benefits Handbook with information on your healthcare benefits, Enrollment Priority Group, copay status, and other information you’ll need as a new enrollee. Handbooks also include information for appealing a decision if your initial application is rejected.

3. Get your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Only Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can receive a VHIC. Once your application is verified, contact the enrollment coordinator at your local VA medical center to arrange to get your picture taken for the your card either in advance or at your next VA healthcare appointment.

4. Keep your information current after you enroll. Enrolled Veterans can update your personal information (such as income, address, and insurance information) by completing VA Form 10-10EZR online, by visiting a local VA facility, or by calling 1-877-222-VETS between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

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Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential
This course is designed to show you how to look at what you’re learning, and your place in what’s unfolding in the society around you, so that you can be what you want to be. You’ll see that by using certain mental tools and insights, you can learn and do more than you might have ever dreamed.

Achieving Personal and Professional Success
You'll learn how to find your passion and core values, how to apply these values to your own life, how to work well with others, how to communicate effectively, how to set goals, how to use influence to achieve these goals, and even how to say you are sorry. Through exercises, self-diagnostic surveys, quizzes, and many case studies, you'll discover how to define not only what you want, but also the best way to get it. These courses provide key insights into successful personal practices, whether you are in the office or in your home. We all bring ourselves to work every day, and these courses will help you be your best self wherever you are.


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Adrianne Phillips is a service-disabled veteran, who founded Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of veterans transitioning to civilian life. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a combat service-member and Security Forces, Adrianne transitioned out of the military and into civilian life. During this time, she realized that veterans often make the transition with little or no structural support or guidance. This prompted her to spend over 11 years working in the veterans benefit sector, including working in development, adjudication, training, presenting, quality assurance, and division management. In 2011, she started a corporation focusing on event travel management and corporate business travel. In 2017, she harnessed her experience as a veteran, benefits manager, and entrepreneur to found the Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration with the goal of supporting every service-member’s transition.

Eddy Hansen

Eddy is a retired Marine and a service-disabled veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently manages the development of emerging technologies in the Mission Systems division of General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Having experienced first hand the challenges of transitioning from the military, Eddy is passionate about supporting others through the process. He has spent time volunteering with several veterans support organizations and mentoring veterans individually. He was drawn to SAVI through a deep belief in the mission and to focus his efforts toward a larger impact on the community.

In addition to the SAVI board, he sits on the Board of Directors of BIANCA (non-profit supporting autistic children). Eddy holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He lives in San Diego with his wife, two teenagers and a Bullmastiff.

Adrianne Phillips

Adrianne Phillips is a service-disabled veteran, who founded Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of veterans transitioning to civilian life. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a combat service-member and Security Forces, Adrianne transitioned out of the military and into civilian life. During this time, she realized that veterans often make the transition with little or no structural support or guidance. This prompted her to spend over 11 years working in the veterans benefit sector, including working in development, adjudication, training, presenting, quality assurance, and division management. In 2011, she started a corporation focusing on event travel management and corporate business travel. In 2017, she harnessed her experience as a veteran, benefits manager, and entrepreneur to found the Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration with the goal of supporting every service-member’s transition.

Aloysius Teo

Aloysius is an advisor, project manager, mentor & consultant in business & technology strategy. He works with early-stage startups to develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and guiding ideas and concepts into commercially viable solutions. His partnerships with established businesses result in the creation of new verticals and opportunities.

Creative strategist/technologist across multiple industries - healthcare, entertainment & music, MMR, travel, print production, blockchain, crypto-currencies, Big Data & AI. 20yrs technology industry experience and certified AWS APN & mobile technology.

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