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Can the Post 9/11 GI Bill Be Split Up among 3 Dependents and Then Transferred Between Them?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can the GI Bill be split up among 3 dependents? Can the GI Bill be transferred from one child to another? The GI Bill will be coming from my husband, the children’s step-father. Thank you!

A: Yes and yes, but with a caveat, actually two. First, for your husband to transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your children, he has to have formally gone through the adoption process. One of the reasons is the children have to show up as his dependents in DEERS because the transfer process uses DEERS as their database of record.

Second, he can make transfer requests as long as he is currently serving, has at least four years left on his enlistment and has served for at least six years on active duty – less active duty time is required if he is in the National Guard or Reserves. If he is within four years of retiring, then he just has to make sure his enlistment would take him out to 20 years.

To make transfer requests, all he has to do is go to the milConnect Website and enter into each child’s record the number of months he wishes to transfer. Once the requests are approved, then each child has to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get their Certificates of Eligibility.

As far as transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits from one child to another, yes, your husband can do that even after retiring. He can revoke and reallocate to any of the children already having or have had benefits. However, he has to make the revoke/reallocate requests via a letter to the VA.

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