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How Do I Revoke Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill Entitlements?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m still in the military and I had transferred my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to my wife. We have now decided that once I get out I should use them. How do I change the transfer and get my benefits back? Thanks!

A: Being you are still in, you should be able to go back in the TEB website and make the change. If you can’t get access, or it won’t let you, then you can always do it like those of us that are already out – write the VA a letter and indicate by name and SSN, which record you want to change and how you want to change it, such as I would like to revoke 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlements from my wife, Jane Doe SSN 123-45-6789.

Even after retiring, the sponsor always maintains the option to revoke and reallocate Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as he/she thinks is best.

If you have kids that someday you think may go to college, transfer as little as a month or two to each child while you are still in. The benefit of doing this now is after you retire, you can add to their existing benefits, but you can’t make an initial allocation to them once you are out. That has to be done while you are still on active duty. It is a smart way to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer option.

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