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Can My Daughter Use Her Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Past Age 26?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit be extended past age 26? I have a diagnosed Asperger daughter who will still be finishing college after her 26th birthday?

A: O.K., so what you are really asking is can your daughter’s Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits be extended for her to use them past her 26th birthday. Being you have already transferred benefits to her, your GI Bill delimitation date really doesn’t enter into the equation.

Based on what the VA has to say about extending benefits, I think your daughter has a very good chance of getting her Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits extended beyond her 26th birthday. On the VA’s website portion titled Ask a Question, they state that you can request an extension of benefits if “You have experienced an illness or disability that prevented you from attending school.” The quote is from their article titled How Do I Request an Extension of My MGIB-AD or Post 9/11 GI Bill Ending Date? I would think your daughter would fit into this situation with her Asperger’s diagnosis.

They go on to say that if she has experienced a disability or illness that kept her from attending classes, then you should send them the following information when requesting an extension:
• The type of disability or illness she has.
• The exact beginning and ending dates, in the format (mm-dd-yyyy), that she could not go to school due to her diagnosis.
• The reason she could not go to school, i.e. how or why did Asperger’s prevent her from going to class.

They also want to know the type of each job she held during the period she is claiming she could not go to school, provided she had a job. If she did not work, state that fact. If she did, then also include each employers’ name and address, beginning and ending dates, and hours worked per week.

Finally, include information from her doctor. Specifically, a statement indicating:
• The findings of her diagnosis.
• How they are treating her.
• How long she has had Asperger’s.
• And the exact beginning and ending dates of her condition that prevented her from going to school.

Also include copies of any other medical evidence, such as hospital reports and lab test results.

Good Luck!

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