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He can start by looking at what benefits he and his family might be eligible for. He can also check out TRICARE’s website for information about the TRICARE Retired Reserve plan.
Sponsors and eligible family members may be covered by the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) if the sponsor is a National Guard or reserve member separating from a period of more than 30 consecutive days of active duty service in support of a contingency operation.
If he is not eligible for TAMP, then he may be able to secure health care for his family through other sources:
- Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCB) plan through TRICARE that covers family members for up to three years after separation. Contact the CHCB office at 1-800-444-5445.
- His employer’s health insurance.
- A plan offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Any other qualifying commercial coverage.
We recommend that he contact the Transition Assistance Program to help ease his experience separating from the Guard. A Transition Assistance Advisor can provide separation counseling, health and life insurance information, job assistance, and other services to help guide him through the separation process.
He can also talk to his unit commander and/or Medical Readiness NCO, both of whom can help direct him to local resources available. Chaplains and Psychological Health Coordinators are also available to provide confidential support 24/7 if needed.