As a Servicemember prepares for separation and gets ready for demobilization, there are a lot of details to remember. It is a time with a lot of paperwork, debriefings and getting all the issues lined up for successful transition into civilian life. A Servicemember has a number of different steps to go through before their separation and transition is complete. When you arrive at your demobilization point you will receive a packet of paperwork and information dealing with your mobilization and separation. Don’t be in a hurry, there are a lot of details that affect your life, and rushing through paperwork of any type is never a great idea. Each of the different forms that are in your packet affect your demobilization, so take your time and fill each one out completely.
There are a number of different benefits that you qualify for as a Veteran, and the forms in your demobilization packet help you to access these benefits. There are two forms at a minimum that you will receive in your demobilization packet. One is DD form 2697. This is a report of your overall Medical Assessment, and it will be completed by you and a member of the Military health services before you are released during the separation process. The other form is the DD Form 2696, also called the Post Assessment Deployment form. These are just two of the forms you likely will receive, other forms will deal with Tri Care, Medical issues, Financial issues, Entitlements you may choose, as well as a number of different items and issues that confront a departing Servicemember during their separation.
Various forms are in duplicate or triplicate, so be sure to take your time, and read over each of the forms that you are given before filling them out. Remember it is not a race, its best to take some time and fill out these forms correctly, making an error can cause you undue and unnecessary heartache later until you are able to fix any mistakes you make.
The forms that you fill out give you specific rights and privileges and if they are correctly filled out to start with then you will have a reasonably smooth transition back to civilian life. You will meet with a medical professional to go over your medical condition, Feel free to mention any injuries that you have incurred while on military service at that time, it is important to note any injuries you received while on military service.