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Can My Daughter Use My GI Bill Benefits From the Vietnam Era?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can my daughter use my education benefits? She is not my dependent but is retraining to get a job in this new economy and I am not going to use my benefits from the Vietnam Era.

A:  No she can’t for a couple of reasons. First, if you were from the Vietnam Era and didn’t convert to the Montgomery GI Bill as late as October 2001, then you don’t have any education benefits left. If you did convert at the tail end of the window in 2001, you would still have about a year left on your MGIB, but it wouldn’t make any difference as the Montgomery GI Bill did not have a dependent transfer option, so she didn’t miss out on anything.

Today’s GI Bill – the Post 9/11 GI Bill – does have a dependent transfer option, but it can only be used by dependents between the ages of 18 and 26, and only after the sponsor has served for at least 10 years on active duty.

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