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Does Marrige Affect Transferred Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If my son gets married before or while using my Post 9/11 GI Bill, will that disqualify him? Thank you.

A: No it won’t. The fact that he gets married will not have any effect on his Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits. The only things that can affect his GI Bill benefits is you and his age.

As the GI Bill holder, your control your entitlements, so you retain the right to revoke, transfer and reallocate as you wish, even after you are discharged from the military. The only thing you can’t do is transfer benefits to someone not already having your transferred benefits.

For example, let’s say you have two children, one you transferred benefits to while you were on active duty and one you did not. Once you are discharged, you can’t transfer benefits to the child not already having transferred benefits.

That is why servicemembers still on active duty will often transfer a month or two of benefits to each dependent. Then once retired, they can reallocate their benefits however they like because each dependent already has at least some benefits.

As far as age, your son has to use his transferred benefits by age 26 or he loses them.

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