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Does My Husband Have to Apply for GI Bill Benefits Before Transferring Them to Our Son?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is currently in the Army as a recruiter. He has been in for 18 years (he’s been on active duty, reserves and AGR during these years) and is set to retire in 3.5 years and we were hoping to be able to transfer his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to our son who is going into college in the fall of 2012. Does he have to apply for these benefits before he transfers them to our son, he does not nor has he ever signed up for any other GI Bill. Would he be able to receive 100% of the benefits at the time our son would be going off to school or how would we know how much he would qualify to get. Once the benefits are approved for transfer how does my son then use the benefits? And lastly if he does get 100% will this cover all 4 years of my sons schooling as far as the tuition/fees, room and board and books? Thanks so much I know that was a lot of questions.

A: To answer your first question, no he does not have to apply for them. Once he meets the additional service requirement, meaning he may have to extend for 6 months or more, he can go to the TEB website and enter in the number of months he would like to transfer to your son. Once submitted, the status will be “Pending Review”. He can keep watching the website for the status to change to “”Approved”.

Once that happens, your son can go to the eBenefits website and request his Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e. He will need that when he enrolls in school as a student using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits.

Your husband should have 36 months of entitlement that he can transfer. That is enough for four 9-month academic school years so your son should be able to get his four-year degree using his Post 9/11 Transferred benefits.

As far as the percentage tier he will qualify for, it depends on how much Title 10 time he has. His active duty and any Title 10 deployment time will count. Right now, none of his AGR Title 32 time counts, but that will change starting on August 1st. Due to the passage of the GI Bill 2.0, Title 32 time back to August 1, 2009 will count, however, benefits acquired under Title 32 time can’t be used until October 1st.

So if he has at least three years of Title 10 after September 10, 2001 and Title 32 time (between this August and back to August 1, 2009, he should qualify for the full 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit.

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