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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: I transferred my GI Bill benefits to my daughter. She got 33 months of benefits at 60 %, that was after I transferred my Montgomery GI Bill benefits into Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. I’ve been in the Guard for 30 years and did an 11-month deployment to Bosnia. Now I’m deployed to Kuwait for 1 year. Can I transfer these benefits to my son? He is only 23. Can I transfer them to my daughter or do they automatically go to my daughter? How much will my benefits increase? Some people say I’ll get another year added on. Is that correct? Please advise on my benefits, amount of benefits and all available options. Thank you.

A: O.K., you have a lot of questions here. Let’s take them one at a time. First, yes you can transfer benefits from your daughter to your son. It is called revoking (from your daughter) and re-allocating (to your son). Just so you know, your son has to use up his benefits by age 26, so it would be prudent to only transfer around two years of entitlement over to him.

Under the GI Bill rules, if you transfer existing benefit from the Montgomery GI Bill over to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you do not get the additional year of benefits, however if you would have used up all of your MGIB benefits first and then transferred over to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, then you would have received the additional 1 year of benefits.

But, it is a Catch-22 because you had to convert to the New GI Bill to give your daughter the maximum entitlement, but you don’t get the additional amount by doing so.

Finally, your additional deployment won’t get you any additional months of entitlement; it will however, most likely increase your tier percentage. Send an updated copy of your DD-214 when you get back to claim your increased tier level percentage.

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