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Can I Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits from My Daughter to My Son?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How can I transfer the remaining balance of my GI Bill to my son who’s going to be a sophomore in college? My daughter already used my GI Bill, but she still has a remaining balance of 6 months according to the last statement mailed to us. As of now my son is using the Calvet. If ever my son can utilize the remaining months of my GI Bill, can he switch back to Calvet after?

A: Whether or not you can transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your son or not depends on two things:
• If you are still serving or not.
• If you are not still serving, if you had made a transfer of benefits to him while you were serving.

Let’s take the first one. If you are still serving, then it is possible for you to go into your daughter’s TEB record and change the number of months of unused benefits to “0”. Then you could go into your son’s record and change his number to “6”.

If you are not still serving, and had not previously given your son at least one month of benefits while you were still serving, then you would not be able to make a transfer of benefits to him now.

But, if you had previously given your son benefits, you could make the transfer even though you are no longer serving. Just submit a letter to the VA indicating what you want to do (revoke the 6 months of unused remaining benefits from your daughter and give then to your son). Just be sure to include full names, SSN and other pertinent information, so the VA can determine who to take from and give to.

I’m not familiar enough with Calvet to know if he can stop using it and restart it or not. If you are able to make a transfer of benefits, your son should talk with the Calvet people as far as if he can restart their program later if he stops now to use transferred GI Bill benefits.

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