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Do I Have to Sign Myself Up for More Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferred Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I received a letter from the VA stating that after June 3rd, 2011, I would only have 4 days left on my G.I. Bill, but I’m still eligible for the benefits. What exactly does that mean? Also, if I can no longer get in touch with my father to get more benefits, do I have to sign myself up again for the G.I. Benefits?

A: I’m not understanding what you are trying to tell me. Are you saying you disagree with the VA and you think you should have more days left on your Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits? If so, then look at your entitlement usage.

Did you opt for interval or break pay between semesters? If so, that used up entitlement and all you got out of it was your housing allowance. Many students don’t realize this.

It is somewhat misleading the way the VA handles break pay because they will automatically send you your break pay unless you tell them not to. So if you got break pay, you indeed might have used up your entitlement sooner than you expected.

As far as getting more Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement transferred to you, you can’t do that. The benefit belongs to your father and he is the only one who can allocate more months of entitlement to you.

Again, I’m not sure what you mean when you say “sign myself up again”. You did not sign up for entitlements in the first place. Your father transferred entitlements to you and you submitted VA Form 22-1990e to request your Certificate of Eligibility to use those benefits. An analogy would be he put money into an account and you requested authorization to spend the money. But once the money is gone, its gone and you can’t request more money.

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