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How Do I Switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill So My Husband Can Enroll in a Diesel Mechanic’s Course?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am in the Army Reserve with 6 years in the Army Nat’l Guard and I was told my husband could use my GI Bill but I would have to switch is to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. What do I have to do to get it switched and get him enrolled in a school for diesel mechanics?

A: First of all, you may have gotten some bad information. As a Reservist or National Guard person, the only time that counts toward Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility is the time you were activated in a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, like Iraq or Afghanistan. A one-year tour would put you at the 60% tier level. So if you did not deploy, you do not have the Post 9/11 GI Bill to transfer to your husband.

However if you did deploy for at least a 90-day period, then you could make a transfer of benefits to him. Just go to the milConnect website and follow the instruction in the Transfer of Benefits section.

Once your transfer is approved, your husband will have to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, he’ll get his Certificate of Eligibility that he will need when enrolling in his diesel mechanics course as a GI Bill student.

The VA will pay a portion of his tuition depending on the Post 9/11 GI Bill tier level that you have. He inherits that same tier level. The difference between what the VA pays and the school charges will be his responsibility to pay.

In addition, he’ll also get a monthly housing allowance and a book stipend. Both will also be pro-rated at the same percentage as his tuition.

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