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Can I Use My Montgomery GI Bill and My Wife Use My Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Is it possible to give my wife my Post 9/11 GI Bill and use my MGIB for my own education? If so how do I transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my wife?

A: No it is not possible to do that as when you switch from the Montgomery GI Bill to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you relinquish your rights to the previous GI Bill. So, once you make the switch, not only is it irreversible, but your eligibility to the former GI Bill is gone. And that is not necessarily a bad thing now that the Post 9/11 GI Bill almost mirrors the older Montgomery GI Bill since the implementation of GI Bill 2.0.

The key to giving your Post 9/11 GI Bill to your wife is first you have to be still serving. If you are already retired, it is too late to make a transfer of benefits to her.

If you are still serving, then you must have served for at least six years and agree to serve an additional four years before you can make a transfer request and get it approved.

To make a request, go to the TEB website and enter into your wife’s record how many months you would like to give here. You can enter any amount up to the number of unused benefits you have left.

Once the request is approved, then she can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get her Certificate of Eligibility that she will need when registering for school.

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