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