SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) North Island hosted a Reserve Retirement Benefits Seminar at Naval Air Station North Island March 17-18.
The seminar featured speakers from different organizations that provide benefits for retirees.
The featured speakers represented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The organization covered the recently activated "Hero 2 Hire" (H2H) jobs website. Hero 2 Hire is designed to assist Reserve force and transitioning service members in their job search. The site is not just a job search engine, but also offers career advice and information.
"The site goes beyond being a job search engine," said Felix "Sam" Giovinazzi, ESGR representative. "It can also help with resume writing. It can help with converting a Navy educational code (NEC) to civilian skills. It's your skills inventory on how to write a resume, and how not to."
The website is user friendly. Once a member creates an account, they can begin searching for jobs, or using the job search materials. A member enters his NEC and the site returns with a civilian job equivalent. With that information, the member searches for those jobs, and H2H gives the member a list of jobs within the parameters they searched.
"The website is straightforward," said Cmdr. Pete Kasiski, NOSC North Island's executive officer. "It tells you the jobs in the area. If you scan the barcode, it will send you reminders. It lets you know if there are job fairs in the area. If you pass a location that is hiring, you get a message saying they are hiring. It's an easy site to navigate."
The seminar began with a brief from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. They let the attendees know about the claims process and how they can assist them in filing.
TriCare also made a presentation, giving members information about medical benefits they may be eligible for after retirement.
One of the more popular topics was the Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP). The plan is designed to provide benefits to a spouse after a member has passed on. The presenter stated the most important thing to do is to ensure a member's spouse is enrolled in the program.
During the seminar ESGR not only covered H2H, but the speakers also provided information on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). They touched on the rights service members have to regain reemployment and responsibilities they have to their employers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was also on site to explain some of the benefits retired personnel are entitled to. The representative covered everything from prescription drug co-pays to filing for VA disability benefits for service-related injuries.
On the second day of the seminar, ESGR returned to go into detail on the H2H program. The representatives assisted the attendees in creating an account, logging on, and making their first search.
By the end of the weekend, the seminar had covered many areas of interest to service members in their final months of service before retiring. Though all the available information could not be covered due to time constraints, the seminar gave retiring service members a starting point and contacts to make the most out of the benefits they have earned with years of honorable service.
Retirements seminars and other transition benefots are elements of the continuum of service area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
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