The purpose of the Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) program is to provide a professional in each state/territory to serve as the statewide point of contact to assist Service Members in accessing Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care services and benefits.  Each TAA also provides assistance in obtaining entitlements through the Military Health System and access to community resources. The TAA initiative started in May 2005 when the National Guard Bureau (NGB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the VA.

We help you navigate through the numerous benefits and entitlements in the DoD and VA system. We take the time to assist you and not toss you into the 800 number desert!  We will educate you so you will understand the benefits you have earned, such as:

  • Guard entitlements and access for health care in both the DoD and VA medical facilities.
  • TRICARE benefits while you are on active duty and when you return as an OIF/OEF Veteran.
  • Important deadlines that require your action while still on active duty and as a Veteran so you do not miss these time-sensitive opportunities.
  • VA dental care programs (time-sensitive benefit).
  • Referral for counseling services for you and your family that will not affect your career.
  • Referral for possible compensation for injuries or illness sustained in OEF, OIF, and OND.
  • Insurance information such as SGLI, TSGLI, and FSGLI.
  • Rehabilitative care management needed to help you return to a normal lifestyle.
  • Assistance with job search and connection with ESGR for rights of employment.
  • Assistance in connecting you to the Veterans Benefits Administration and Veterans Services Organizations to file disability/compensation claims.
  • Assistance in the event of financial hardship, health care issues, or unemployment needs.
  • Assistance with locating your medical records & DD 214s.
  • Pre-separation counseling associated with Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
  • Problem solving VA claims which have been denied or delayed
  • Are you getting VA compensation and National Guard pay? 
  • WNG AGR/AD Orders Claims Processing Information Guide
  • Army NG/R M-Day Claims Processing Information Guide
  • Air NG/R M-Day Claims Processing Information Guide

WAARNG Transition Assistance Specialists

Annie DeAndrea
Building 3, Camp Murray, Tacoma, WA 98430
Office: (253) 512-8722
Cell: (253) 327-4059
Hours: Tu-Fr 0600-1640
Western WA
Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisor
Shawn Farber
Phone: (202) 987-3928


Eastern WA
Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisor
Anastasia “Ana” Curtis
Phone: (202) 987-3896