12.6.2012 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta hold a joint press briefing about how their departments are working closely to streamline processes for service members and veterans.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 – Major changes announced today to the Transition Assistance Program will revolutionize the way the military prepares people leaving the services, with mandatory participation in programs throughout their military careers to help set them up for a successful transition.
The redesigned program, called Transition Goals Planning Success or Transition GPS, was unveiled by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. It is a multi-agency response to President Barack Obama’s call to improve career readiness for separating service members, explained Susan S. Kelly, principal director of the Defense Department’s Transition to Veterans Program Office.
The president hinted at the most-sweeping change to the Transition Assistance Program in two decades during a speech this summer to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Obama called it the centerpiece to a broader federal effort to help service members transition to civilian life and to reduce veterans unemployment. read more>>>