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WARTAC : More than 40 transitioning service members from throughout Europe graduated last month from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ first overseas Warrior Transition Advancement Course. Along with certificates came well-earned job offers with the VA.

Forty-four Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors attended classes, held at two garrisons in Germany, that provide skills needed to become Veterans Service Representatives or Rating Veterans Service Representatives. In addition to the skills training, WARTAC includes the opportunity to interview for open positions.

Overall, the WARTAC program aims to provide graduates who, after leaving the military, are ready to join one of the 56 Regional Veteran Service Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

At U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, 33 people graduated either the 10-week VSR course or 12-week RVSR course, with offers to start developmental GS-7 VSR and GS-9 RVSR positions as early as late-January.

“Working for the VA means you will be joining more than 10,000 of your fellow veterans who work for us…veterans serving veterans,” said Jesse Rector, WARTAC-Europe program manager, during the Dec. 21 ceremony at USAG Rheinland-Pfalz. ”

Rector noted that separating from the military is hard for some, and separating from an overseas location is even harder, which is why the VA is excited to bring WARTAC to Europe. “WARTAC is one way the VA can bring direct support to transitioning service members here,” he said.

At USAG Bavaria, 11 people, including four from installations in Italy, earned their certificates Dec. 19, including Staff Sgt. Matt Handley of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

Handley said the most memorable day of class for him was when he generated an award for an actual veteran. “While we learned much from classes and demo cases that we worked on early in the course,” he noted, “this was the moment that the job really connected for me. It drove home the importance of what we were doing.” Read more

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