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Can I Transfer My GI Bill to My Children After I’m Retired?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Is there any way a person can transfer their GI Bill to their children after the veteran has already retired? Or is there a new law that helps out retired personnel having a opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to their children?

A: Right now, there isn’t a law allowing retired veterans to make a transfer request. Of course generally speaking, the Montgomery GI Bill does not have a transfer option.  And the way Congress wrote the Post 9/11 GI Bill, to make a transfer the servicemember had to be on active duty “on or after 1 August 2009”. So for those veterans, who fully qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option but retired before August 1, 2009, they never had an opportunity to make a transfer.

There are a couple of bills in the legislature right now that if passed, would allow veterans, with 20 years or more of service retiring between December 8, 2001 and July 31, 2009, the opportunity to make a transfer. Contact your legislators as ask for their support of S.3447/H.R. 5933 and H.R. 3577. Passage of these bills will give thousands of veterans a transfer opportunity.

Comments  (4)

I retired Sept of 2009 and was told I could transfer after I retired, now I find out my daughter can not use it.
Anything I can do to fix being told ne thing and after retirement finding oout another.

posted by Gregg
7:41 am on September 15, 2011

Nope, you got bad information, as was the case in many instances at the start of the Post 9/11 GI Bill on August 1, 2009. What you can do after retiring is revoke and re-allocate benefits to another dependent or to your spouse who already had received benefits before you retired.

What you can’t do after retiring is initially transfer benefits to a dependent not already having benefits before you retired.

posted by Ron Kness
8:39 am on September 20, 2011

“There are a couple of bills in the legislature right now that if passed, would allow veterans, with 20 years or more of service retiring between December 8, 2001 and July 31, 2009, the opportunity to make a transfer. Contact your legislators as ask for their support of S.3447/H.R. 5933 and H.R. 3577. Passage of these bills will give thousands of veterans a transfer opportunity.”….since the s.3447 was passed can a retired veteran transfer his unused benefits?

posted by Michael
9:31 am on July 4, 2013

No. Even though the bill was passed, this part of it was not in the final bill that passed. So this is twice legislation of this kind has either failed or not even come up for a vote.

posted by Ron Kness
11:39 am on July 5, 2013
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