Director, Office of Transition and Economic Development, Veterans Benefits Administration
Cheryl J. Rawls was appointed as Director of Transition and Economic Development on December 20, 2018. She is responsible for the VA’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP), which is administered at over 300 installations worldwide and supports service members transitioning from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
A Veteran herself, Rawls is responsible for ensuring that all active-duty, national guard or reserve personnel, including their family members, are provided integrative tools that contribute to a successful transition to civilian life.
As every benefit in the Veterans Benefits Administration that Veterans have earned and deserved has an economic coupling, she is responsible for ensuring knowledge is transferred and aligned with the military life cycle that empowers right choices at the right time. The office serves as the chief convener to sew together a network consisting of military, corporate, public, private, and Veteran communities that will foster economic well-being by linking benefits, services and tools together for all who have served and their family members.