YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea, visited the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Transition Center and Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), July 25.

At some point of their lives, many of active and reserve military service members consider transitioning from serving as Soldiers to serving as civilians. This is a big transition and Thurman's visit expressed how much importance he placed on the transition of an Active or Reserve Component Soldier and how they could take advantage of the benefits and services they earned throughout their military service.

Along with Thurman, Col. William P. Huber, garrison commander of USAG Yongsan, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L. Willing, command sergeant major of USAG Yongsan, received briefings to learn firsthand how the ACAP staff were implementing the new Army Policy on Transition Assistance.

ACAP has the mission to administer the congressionally mandated Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for the Army to ensure compliance with public law and Army policy with the end state to lower unemployment for veterans, decrease the Army's payment to the states for unemployment compensation, currently running over $500 million annually, and to reduce the stress of returning to civilian society.

As a result, they paid 515 million dollars in fiscal year 2012 for the unemployment and developed special programs for Soldiers overseas and took care of them with counseling, workshops, seminars and mentoring.

The Transition Center provides complete transition processing services, producing accurate transition documentation, and synchronizes with installation service providers to ensure a smooth transition for the service member.

After the briefings, Gen Thurman expressed how important these transition services were to making a successful transition from the military to civilian society and engaged the participants in lively conversation.

ACAP is responsible for delivering both transition assistance and employment assistance services. While the ACAP Center traditionally has been the principal service provider for these services, now transitioners have the option to use the ACAP On-Line website to receive services from any location with Internet capability 24/7.

For more information, visit ACAP website at https://www.acap.army.mil.