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Can I Transfer My Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Benefits to My Daughter?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I retired in 2007 with 28+ yrs of service. Can I transfer my GI Bill to my daughter who is scheduled to attend college next year? If not, is there any initiative/legislation that will allow retiree to transfer their educational benefit to their dependents?

A: This is one of the most asked questions I get and unfortunately, right now, the answer is no you can’t transfer your Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to your daughter after you have retired; the transfer has to be done while you are still serving. Thousands of veterans eligible for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill retired before the transfer option became available on August 1, 2009 and they have missed out on this great benefit option.

Last year there was some federal legislation that, if passed, would have allowed retired veterans having the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, to transfer education benefits to a spouse or dependent child after retiring. Unfortunately, it did not pass. If everyone would write their legislators and demand they either initiate or support such a bill this year, maybe we could have a strong enough voice to get it to pass.  When it comes to legislation, there is strength in numbers.  Also write to your service organizations and enlist their help as many of them have lobbyists on staff.

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