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Are We Eligible to Use My Husband’s Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi, I’m just wondering if we’re eligible to use my husband’s GI Bill. He’ll be in the Navy for 4 years in June. The ship says we can … so is it true?

A: Being you said “we’re”, I’m assuming you mean at least yourself and or dependents. We’ll get to that requirement in a minute.
With over three years in the Navy after September 10, 2001, your husband is fully vested in the Post 9/11 GI Bill meaning that he could start using it right away if he wanted to.

However, for you or his dependents to use his Post 9/11 GI Bill, he has to meet three service requirements:
• having served for at least six years
• currently serving
• having at least four years left on his enlistment at the time of the transfer of benefits request.

While he is currently serving and may have four years left on his enlistment, he does not meet the first requirement yet. However, once he does and he wants to make a transfer of benefits request to you, he can go to the milConnect website and follow the Transfer of Education Benefits Section.

After he makes his request, he needs to keep coming back to the website occasionally and look for a status change to “Transfer Approved”. Once that happens, then you can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e.

In return, you will get your Certificate of Eligibility which you will need when enrolling as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

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