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After My Medical Discharge, Can My Wife Use My GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: have been enlisted in the Army National Guard since January of 2007. I have been overseas, but not to Iraq or Afghanistan. I am now receiving a medical discharge. I don’t need my GI Bill so my question is can my wife use it instead after I receive my discharge?

A:  It really depends if the type of order you were on for your overseas tour will qualify you for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves does not have a transfer option, so you need a Title 10 order for at least 91 days in support of a contingency operation to qualify for Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility as an ARNG member.

Your wife could use your GI Bill after you are discharged, provided you make a transfer of benefits request before you are discharged. After you are out, it is too late.

Also, if you do transfer benefits to her, she would get paid at the same Post 9/11 GI Bill percentage that you have, which for a one-year qualifying tour would put you at the 60% tier.

Comments  (2)

how does one find how where or how to tranfer these benefits to there spouse? i am in the same situation.

posted by Owen
9:41 pm on May 31, 2011

First Owen, if you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option, you have go to the Transfer of Benefits website and make a transfer request. Keep checking back periodically to see if the status has changed from “Pending Review”, as it was when you submitted it, to “Approved”. That can take 8 to 10 weeks for that to happen.

Once approved, then your wife can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, she will get a Certificate of Eligibility which she will need when enrolling in school.

posted by Ron Kness
7:03 am on June 2, 2011
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