Tel: (844) 400-SAVI (7284) info@savivets.org

Newsletter

January Newsletter

Happy New Year!

This month, the SAVI team is excited to announce some amazing upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as we kick off 2019.

Whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer or even a Veteran advocate there is something valuable in this newsletter for you.

Get to Know SAVI’s Mission

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing federal benefits education and custom transition solutions to our nation’s military Veterans. We primarily work with Veterans transitioning into civilian life and the organizations that support them in this process. Our whole-person approach is different from any other program today and aims to provide comprehensive benefits understanding to every Veteran.

Kick Off the New Year

Our resolution for 2019 is simple – reach, educate and connect with at least 10,000 new transitioning Veterans and their families.

SAVI Benefits

SAVI is here to help Veterans with their transition from military to civilian life, which means we are dedicated to helping those who assist Veterans. If you’re a Veteran Service-Provider, VA Benefits Representative or work with Veterans in other ways, we’d like to work with you. Our aim is to solidify your confidence, understanding, and knowledge of all VA processes so the Veterans you work with aren’t left in the dark.

Veteran Service-Providers

As Veteran Service-Providers, you see first-hand the challenges faced by Veterans as they move into civilian life. We want you to feel prepared when you talk with Veterans about the transition process and their benefits. That is why we are thrilled to offer Benefits 101 and SAVI Transition Process training and certifications.

We understand that Veterans have many questions, many of which relate to benefits and entitlements. We want to ensure you can easily answer these questions and connect them to the appropriate next steps.

Interested in learning more? Reach out to our SAVI team today.

Post-Transition Education

As Veteran Service-Providers, you assist Veterans whether they have just transitioned out of the military or have been out for several years. SAVI is determined to assist as many Veterans as possible, and that’s why we want to work with you to put on a Post-Transition Education workshop event for your Veterans.

Interested in learning more? Reach out to our SAVI team today.

Community Leader Certification

As an influencer within the Veteran space, we know you want to make an impact in the Veteran community. SAVI is here to help you support your Veterans by providing Community Leader Certification — a comprehensive training on Veterans benefits, without the VA accreditation process. Simple, educational training that meets your needs quickly and efficiently because we always want to you to be able to recommend accurate resources and point your fellow battle buddies in the right direction.

VA Accredited Representatives

Understanding the complexities of Veteran cases can often take time and require unique circumstances in your Veteran cases. To assist you with this, SAVI is excited to offer you high-level certifications. These cover the following areas:

  • Complex technical skills to evaluate case adjudication
  • Effective preliminary submissions
  • Knowledge of how to identify errors in regulatory applications
  • And more!

Your SAVI membership includes ongoing support, news, governing updates, and many other benefits.

Interested in learning more? Reach out to our SAVI team today.

2019 Benefits

At SAVI, we are dedicated to educating Veterans on the many resources available to them. We want to ensure that you are taking advantage of the privileges and benefits that you qualify for. Keep an eye out for our February blog post outlining everything that you need to know about healthcare through the VA.

Stay up to date with new benefits available by checking out the VA healthcare website.

See SAVI In Action

Listen in as our very own SAVI President, Adrianne Phillips, joins James D Snow on LegacyCast. Use one of the platforms below to hear more about the legacy SAVI is creating.

  • https://www.spreaker.com/user/jamesdsnow/adrianne-phillips
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTTVDigs7Ug&feature=youtu.be

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Make a difference in 2019 by volunteering with SAVI!

LinkedIn Profile Reviews

SAVI profile reviews give Veterans personalized advice for updating their LinkedIn profile. Our reviewers are dedicated points of contact who help answer Veterans’ questions on how to optimize LinkedIn and their networking efforts.

Interested in helping our Veterans maximize their effectiveness on LinkedIn and beyond?

Click Here To See All Volunteer Opportunities

Transitional Questions Volunteer

Care to share your thoughts to help more Veterans? SAVI is searching for Veterans who have transitioned within the past 6 months to share their feedback and experience. You can be from any branch of service as long as you’re willing to share the questions that came up throughout your transition process.

Interested in sharing your experience to help tomorrow’s Veterans? Volunteer today!

Upcoming Events

Join SAVI on Facebook Live!
Join us on February 12, 2019 as Greg Jenkins teams with SAVI to discuss how to leverage connections to provide excellent services to Veterans and their businesses. We hope to see you there!

Event Details:
Facebook Live with Greg Jenkins
2/12/2019
1630 PST (4:30 PM PST)
Topic: Leveraging Connections to Provide Excellent Services to Veterans and Their Businesses

Nearly Naked Ruck March
February will be here before you know it and SAVI is excited to share and be involved in the Nearly Naked Ruck March! We’re putting together our very own team for the Nearly Naked Ruck March in both San Diego and Los Angeles this year and hope you will join us.

To learn more or sign up for the events, click below on the designated city of your choice.

Nearly Naked Ruck March – February 9th, 2019 in San Diego, CA
Nearly Naked Ruck March – February February 16th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA

Want to volunteer to participate with SAVI? Click here to learn more.

2019 Partners!

Traveler’s Q + SAVI: Powering Veteran Events and Corporate Travel Needs
SAVI is privileged to work closely with Traveler’s Q, whose dedication in creating events, meetings and other travel opportunities an unforgettable one. Traveler’s Q provides full-service travel management for corporate training, product launches and luxury travel to those looking to drive their business further.

WhiteSpace + SAVI: Supporting Veterans Transitioning Into the Civilian Workplace
During a time of transition, the civilian sector can seem chaotic for new Veterans. That’s why this partnership is so valuable. WhiteSpace helps ensure that these employees and their employers have the tools they need for success at work, which is an important part of whole-life reintegration for our Veterans.

Qgiv + SAVI: Giving Veteran-Focused Nonprofits a Fundraising Boost
This partnership allows SAVI to share resources and tools that will maximize our nonprofit partners’ efficiency. Qgiv has an amazing platform that will support their fundraising efforts, and we’re happy to partner with them and give back to the Veteran community!

23rd Veteran + SAVI: Assisting Veterans with Positive Reconditioning
We’re honored to work alongside another nonprofit whose sole mission is to create a friendly transition to our military Veterans. Not only are they focused on Vets currently transitioning from military to civilian life, but they also assist those who are still struggling even after transition.

December Newsletter

Welcome back to SAVI’s monthly newsletter! We hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday. We are excited for the new year ahead and to share some upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for 2019 with you.

Whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer or even a Veteran advocate there is something valuable in this newsletter for you.

What is SAVI All About?

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing education and resources to military Veterans transitioning into civilian life and to the organizations that support them. Our whole-person approach is different from anything else out there and aims to provide comprehensive benefits understanding to every Veteran.

Nearly Naked Ruck March – February 2019

February will be here before you know it, and SAVI is excited to share and be involved in the Nearly Naked Ruck March! We’re putting together our very own team for the Nearly Naked Ruck March in both San Diego and Los Angeles this year and hope you will join us.

To learn more or sign up for the events, click on the designated city of your choice: San Diego Nearly Naked Ruck March and Los Angeles Nearly Naked Ruck March.

Want to volunteer to participate with SAVI? Click here to learn more.

See SAVI In Action

Intuitive Professional Coaching

Our very own SAVI President, Adrianne Phillips joins Margaret Williams on Intuitive Professional Coaching. The video provides tips for those transitioning from their military service to the civilian sector. You can find the LIVE interview here.

The Ambitious Vet
Marine Corps vet and author, Chris Hoffman recently released his new eBook titled 10 Steps to Predicted Success Out of the Uniform. You can find his Facebook interview that discusses finding and using tools to execute what matters most after being in the military.

Thank You to our 2018 Partners!

Traveler’s Q + SAVI: Powering Veteran Events and Corporate Travel Needs
SAVI is privileged to work closely with Traveler’s Q, whose dedication in creating events, meetings and other travel opportunities an unforgettable one. Traveler’s Q provides full-service travel management for corporate training, product launches and luxury travel to those looking to drive their business further.

WhiteSpace + SAVI: Supporting Veterans Transitioning Into the Civilian Workplace
During a time of transition, the civilian sector can seem chaotic for new Veterans. That’s why this partnership is so valuable. WhiteSpace helps ensure that these employees and their employers have the tools they need for success at work, which is an important part of whole-life reintegration for our Veterans.

Qgiv + SAVI: Giving Veteran-Focused Nonprofits a Fundraising Boost
This partnership allows SAVI to share resources and tools that will maximize our nonprofit partners’ efficiency. Qgiv has an amazing platform that will support their fundraising efforts, and we’re happy to partner with them and give back to the Veteran community!

23rd Veteran + SAVI: Assisting Veterans with Positive Reconditioning
We’re honored to work alongside another nonprofit whose sole mission is to create a friendly transition to our military Veterans. Not only are they focused on Vets currently transitioning from military to civilian life, but they also assist those who are still struggling even after transition.

2019 PARTNERS
SAVI would love to partner with you for the new year! If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact us at info@savivets.org.

November Newsletter

Welcome back to SAVI’s monthly e-newsletter! This month, we’re excited to announce some amazing upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as we prepare for 2019.

What is SAVI’s Mission?

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing federal benefits education and custom transition solutions to our nation’s military Veterans. We primarily work with Veterans transitioning into civilian life and the organizations that support them in this process. Our whole-person approach is different from any other program today and aims to provide comprehensive benefits understanding to every Veteran.

Prepare for the Holidays

Last Minute Shopping Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

The holiday season can sneak up on us, but SAVI is here to provide a helping hand to ensure all of your gift needs are met this holiday season.

Download our Amazon Smiles Gift Guide today!

Volunteer Opportunities

LinkedIn Profile Reviews

SAVI profile reviews give Veterans personalized advice for updating their LinkedIn profile. Our reviewers are dedicated points of contact who help answer Veterans’ questions on how to optimize LinkedIn and their networking efforts.

Interested in helping our Veterans maximize their effectiveness on LinkedIn and beyond?

Volunteer Today!

Transitional Questions Volunteer

SAVI is searching for Veterans who have transitioned within the past 6 months. You can be from any branch of service as long as you’re willing to share the questions that came up throughout your transition process.

Interested in sharing your experience to help tomorrow’s Veterans?

Volunteer Today!

Upcoming Events

Nearly Naked Ruck March – February 9th, 2019 in San Diego, CA
Nearly Naked Ruck March – February February 16th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA

October Newsletter

Welcome back to SAVI’s monthly e-newsletter! This month, we’re excited to announce our preparations as we move into the final stretch of 2018!

There’s something valuable to read whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer, or even a Veteran advocate.

What is SAVI all about?

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing education and resources to military Veterans transitioning into civilian life and to the organizations that support them. Our whole-person approach is different from anything else out there, and aims to provide comprehensive benefits understanding to every Veteran.

Upcoming Events

Transitioning Smartly Webinar – November 2018

SAVI is excited to work with one of our amazing volunteers to provide a comprehensive, informational financial webinar for transitioning servicemembers. Want to learn how to Transition Smartly? Register here to be notified when the webinar is scheduled!

SAVI Holiday Gift Guide Release – November 2018

We are working hard here at SAVI to create a comprehensive holiday gift guide for you this holiday season. In support of our Amazon Smile initiative, we’ve created an Amazon gift-guide that you’ll use for all of the friends and family in your life. Don’t miss out. Register to receive the gift guide today!

Nearly Naked Ruck March – February 2019

We know, February seems far away, but we are too excited not to share this! SAVI is putting together it’s very own team for the Nearly Naked Ruck March in San Diego and Los Angeles this February. Interested in learning more about this amazing program put together by 23rd Veteran? Want to volunteer to participate with SAVI? Click here to learn more.

WhiteSpace + SAVI: Supporting Veterans Transitioning Into the Civilian Workplace
During a time of transition, the civilian sector can seem chaotic for new Veterans. That’s why this partnership is so valuable. WhiteSpace helps ensure that these employees and their employers have the tools they need for success at work, which is an important part of whole-life reintegration for our Veterans.

Qgiv + SAVI: Giving Veteran-Focused Nonprofits a Fundraising Boost
This partnership allows SAVI to share resources and tools that will maximize our nonprofit partners’ efficiency. Qgiv has an amazing platform that will support their fundraising efforts, and we’re happy to partner with them and give back to the Veteran community!

23rd Veteran + SAVI: Assisting Veterans with Positive Reconditioning
We’re honored to work alongside another nonprofit whose sole mission is to create a friendly transition to our military Veterans. Not only are they focused on Vets currently transitioning from military to civilian life, but they also assist those who are still struggling even after transition.

Blog Highlights: Get Tips to Improve Your (and Their) Transition
Our blog brings SAVI readers only the best tips for improving the Veteran-to-civilian transition. Posts from July offer relocation advice to Veterans, help employers understand their Veteran employees, and share a Marine’s personal story transitioning into the civilian world.

Because we know the road to mission success requires many hands, we’re grateful to have all of you on our team. We hope you’ll share our story and continue to support a whole-life transition for Veterans.

August Newsletter

This month, we’re excited to announce three brand-new partnerships and highlights from our blog.

There’s something valuable to read whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer, or even a Veteran advocate.

Partnership Announcements

WhiteSpace + SAVI: Supporting Veterans Transitioning Into the Civilian Workplace
During a time of transition, the civilian sector can seem chaotic for new Veterans. That’s why this partnership is so valuable. WhiteSpace helps ensure that these employees and their employers have the tools they need for success at work, which is an important part of whole-life reintegration for our Veterans.

Qgiv + SAVI: Giving Veteran-Focused Nonprofits a Fundraising Boost
This partnership allows SAVI to share resources and tools that will maximize our nonprofit partners’ efficiency. Qgiv has an amazing platform that will support their fundraising efforts, and we’re happy to partner with them and give back to the Veteran community!

23rd Veteran + SAVI: Assisting Veterans with Positive Reconditioning
We’re honored to work alongside another nonprofit whose sole mission is to create a friendly transition to our military Veterans. Not only are they focused on Vets currently transitioning from military to civilian life, but they also assist those who are still struggling even after transition.

Blog Highlights: Get Tips to Improve Your (and Their) Transition
Our blog brings SAVI readers only the best tips for improving the Veteran-to-civilian transition. Posts from July offer relocation advice to Veterans, help employers understand their Veteran employees, and share a Marine’s personal story transitioning into the civilian world.

Because we know the road to mission success requires many hands, we’re grateful to have all of you on our team. We hope you’ll share our story and continue to support a whole-life transition for Veterans.

June Newsletter

Our mission is to empower veterans and their supporters through education and strategic partnerships. We are here to help you envision and then act on your ideal life post-separation.

Welcome to our first e-newsletter! Already the news at SAVI is big: We are officially launched as of June 1! Check out some of the highlights below from our brand-new website, social media outreach, and blog posts. There’s something valuable to read whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer, or even a Veteran advocate.

What is SAVI all about?

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to military Veterans transitioning into civilian life and to the organizations that support them. Our whole-person approach is different from anything else out there.

Where do YOU fit into all this?

Well, we can’t do this alone. Consider helping spread the word about SAVI’s unique mission for Veterans by following us on Facebook and LinkedIn or by sharing this news with other organizations and Veterans you feel might benefit from connecting with us (simply forward this email).

Our various volunteer opportunities are a great way to put your professional skills to work for an important mission.

Become a Veteran-Friendly Workplace

SAVI helps empower employers and organizations to serve the Veteran community better, as finding a well-suited career path is one of Veterans’ greatest challenges. Our organization certificate and employer programs are designed to help you strengthen the way you recruit, retain, and engage Veteran workers. No matter the sector (nonprofit, public, or private), everyone can benefit from a more transition-friendly environment. Click here to learn more.

Get Tips to Improve Your (and Their) Transition

Our blog brings SAVI readers only the best tips for improving the Veteran-to-civilian transition. Two recent posts give advice to Veterans to better understand their marketable skill sets as job-seekers and to employers to better leverage these skills to grow their business.

· 5 Skills You Didn’t Realize the Military Gave You

· Leveraging the Skills of Your Veteran Employees

Because we know that the road to mission success requires many hands, we’re grateful to have all of you on our team — especially at this early stage.

We hope you’ll feel inspired to share our story and work with others in your network and continue to support a whole-life transition for Veterans. Stay tuned for more soon!

-Adrianne Phillips

Our Blog

3 Things You Should Do Before Leaving the Military

3 Things You Should Do Before Leaving the Military

The civilian world is upon you. Either through retirement or the desire for a new way of life, you’ve decided to leave your military service behind and move on to what you hope are greener pastures. Though every Veteran will encounter transition challenges, it IS...

3 Highly Effective Ways To Recruit & Retain Veterans This Spring

3 Highly Effective Ways To Recruit & Retain Veterans This Spring

As more business leaders become aware of the invaluable talent the military produces, many of them are looking for recruitment strategies geared directly toward the Veteran population. If you’re a company who values the skill sets often associated with senior military...

How Veterans Can Find Purpose Post-Military

How Veterans Can Find Purpose Post-Military

Service in any branch of the military comes with clear purpose and high reward. That’s why finding a career with meaning is a top priority for most Veterans entering the civilian workforce. With a little effort, life after military can be a rewarding one.If you’re a...

Are Veterans More Equipped To Lead In A Corporate Setting?

Are Veterans More Equipped To Lead In A Corporate Setting?

In 2008, Walmart executives began the hunt for new leaders to take the reins in their store management positions. The company was growing fast and their usual recruiting techniques couldn’t keep up anymore. When COO Bill Simon threw out the idea of hiring junior and...

The Top 3 Differences Between Veteran & Civilian Work Styles

The Top 3 Differences Between Veteran & Civilian Work Styles

Transitioning into a civilian career means you’ll most likely have to learn a new set of rules in the way of work style. In the military, the process of getting things done was pretty cut and dry, with little room for creativity. The civilian sector, however, comes...

Join SAVI. Get In Touch.

If you are interested in learning more about SAVI, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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.


Interested in Becoming a SAVI Partner?

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon.

  • Interested in Becoming a SAVI Volunteer?


Interested in learning more about how you can grow your business with Veterans?

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon.


Interested in learning more about how SAVI can work with you to optimize your Linkedin profile?

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

Marketing by
Marketing by


Interested in learning more about how SAVI can help you track your progress?

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon.


Interested in dedicating your time and using your talents to help us further the SAVI mission?

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon.

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.

Project You: Top Self-Development Courses to Take

Create a Perfect Morning Routine
You will learn how to create a morning routine filled with purpose, presence, and peace. You’ll be more energized, productive, and content — all before the start of your workday. Start your morning by doing things that feed your soul and make you happy.

Finding Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
If you’ve been searching for your true purpose in life, Eckhart Tolle has some straightforward advice: Stop struggling. This is because the primary purpose of every human being is simply to be: Be fully engaged in this moment, and be aligned with the natural flow of reality itself.

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.


Interested in Becoming a SAVI Community Leader?


Interested in signing up for one of SAVI's Programs?

Subscribe for SAVI Updates

Interested in learning more?

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.

Refer a Veteran