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Being I Retired in August 2009 from the Navy, How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi My name is Eric and I retired from the Navy in August 2009. I went on terminal leave in June 2009 and did not learn about the transfer to family members Post 9/11 GI Bill. Even though it came in effect August 1, 2009, and I didn’t actually retire until 30 days later, I was already on Terminal Leave and didn’t get the info. I was wondering what can I do about transferring the Post 9/11 GI Bill to my daughter? Is there anything I can do?

A: In reality no, there isn’t anything you could have done differently or do now that would help you transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your daughter.

When the Post 9/11 GI Bill came into existence there was a lot of mis-information and confusion on the transfer of benefits. Because of that, many servicemembers retiring around that time missed out on an opportunity to transfer benefits to a family member.

Some of the branches have taken steps to correct this oversight while others have not. Unfortunately the Navy and Marine Corps are two branches that have not taken an active role yet in providing an opportunity to transfer benefits.

The Army and Air Force have established a waiver process where an affected servicemember can submit a request to their branch’s Correction of a Military Record Board and based on the information submitted to the Board, it will decide either in favor of or against the requester. The form to get the process started is DD Form 149.

While the Army’s waiver process window is for those retiring between August 1st to November 1st 2009, the Air Force left their window open-ended and only uses retiring-after-August-1st as their criteria.

The best you could do right now is to send a DD Form 149 to the Navy Correction of Military Records Board so you have it on file, but don’t expect any action on it at this time.

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