Separating from Active Duty

You and your family may be able to get additional benefits once you separate from active duty.

Transitional Health Care Benefits

Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP):

  • 180 days of transitional health care benefits
  • If you qualify, the 180-day TAMP period begins when you separate
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Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP):

  • A premium-based, temporary health care program
  • 18-36 months of coverage after TRICARE eligibility ends
  • If you qualify, you can purchase CHCBP within 60 days of loss of eligibility for either regular TRICARE or TAMP coverage
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Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

You may be eligible for VA benefits, if you

  • Serve on active duty, and
  • Receive an honorable discharge or release from service, or
  • Are a National Guard or Reserve member called to active duty by federal executive order

Did you serve on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998?

  • You’re eligible for 2 years of no-cost health care for conditions related to your combat service.
  • Your care begins on the date you separate from active duty.
  • At the end of 2 years, VA will assess your eligibility status.
  • Some family members may be eligible for health benefits from the VA.

You can apply for VA health benefits:

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Last Updated 4/27/2022