Can I Use My MGIB-SR and My Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?
Q: I joined the US Army Reserves and received the GI Bill on my enlistment contract. I served my term and received an honorable discharge several years ago. Recently (7 months ago) my husband signed his Post 9/11 GI Bill over to me. Am I able to receive both my reserve GI Bill benefits and my husband’s Post 9 /11 GI Bill benefits at the same time since they are different programs?
A: It is a good thing your husband transferred his Post 9/11 GI bill benefits to you as those are the only GI Bill benefits you now have. Army Reservists and National Guardsmen lose their Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) benefits upon discharge.
As the recipient of Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits, you:
- may start using your benefit immediately;
- may use the benefit either while your husband is still in the Armed Forces or after he gets out;
- are not eligible for the monthly housing allowance or book stipend while yor husband is still on active duty, but you are eligible for both once he is out;
- can use your benefit for up to 15 years after his discharge.
Keep in mind, your husband can also take back all or any part of your Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefit while he is still in or after he is discharged.