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Can My Husband Transfer His Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If my husband has met the qualifications to attain Post 9/11 GI Bill, however, he spent last eleven years as a reservist and is currently retired, can his GI Bill benefits be transferred to me to attend school?

A: No, he can’t make a transfer now that he is retired. Any Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of entitlements has to be done while the servicemember is still in the Armed Forces (Reserves, Guard or active).

As I said for right now, transferring is not an option after retiring, however, that would change if H.R. 950 bill passes. That bill would allow Post 9/11 GI Bill retirees, with at least 20 years of Armed Forces service who retired between December 9, 2001 and July 31, 2009, the option to  make a transfer of entitlements to dependents.

With eleven years of service, it probably won’t help in your husband’s case, but it will for others. Also note, as a reservists eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, a transferee would only get the same level of VA payment support as the tier level the reservist making the transfer. For example, if the servicemember is at the 70% tier, that is the same percentage the VA would pay for those having transferred benefits from that servicemember.

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