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How Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Work With Both of Us Being Veterans?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is getting out of the military and I am still currently in the military and we are being told that my husband will not be able to receive the BAH w/ Dependents with the Post 9/11 GI Bill because I am still in the military. Is that true? Also, we are told that if we are both using are Post 9/11 only one of us will get the BAH pay. How do we get a straight and honest answer about this? Thank you.

A: No it is not true in your situation, but it could be true in another. I’ll explain. What you heard is true if your husband was using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits he received from you. In that scenario, when one spouse is still serving and another is going to school using transferred benefits, the spouse is already drawing BAH for the other spouse and so the student spouse would not get the housing allowance. But since he served and has his own Post 9/11 GI Bill, he would get the housing allowance just like any other Post 9/11 GI Bill student having a non-military spouse.

The housing allowance is dependent on the number of credits taken and the zip code of the school. As you eluded to, it is paid at the pay grade of an E-5 with dependents, whether the student has dependents or not.

The other thing you were told is also not true. Because each of you have your own Post 9/11 GI Bill, each of you would get the housing allowance if you are both going to school at the same time. It always amazes me how much false information there is going around concerning the GI Bills. However, what I told you is the truth and honest answers to your questions. So the next time you hear someone spreading untruths on this topic, you can correct them!

Comments  (8)

I am seperating, and going to start using my GI bill once out. I have transfered 12 months to my wife and am wondering if she will also recieve the BAH while i am too. I would assume that we would both get it because in total 36 months of BAH would be paid for 36 months of use. 12 months of her and 24 for me.

posted by John R
2:15 am on October 29, 2012

That is correct. You should both get the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance. The VA doesn’t care if it pays you for all 36 monhts of benefits or splits it between you and your wife. It still totals out to 36 months.

posted by Ron Kness
12:22 pm on November 11, 2012

My husband transferred his benefits to me. He served active duty for 13 years and now is reserve. Will I receive the BAH since he is not active duty?

posted by InfantryWif3
10:58 pm on April 10, 2013

Yes you will unless he is in the AGR program. If he is a traditional guardsman drilling one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer (like that happens anymore!), then he is not getting paid BAH for you or his children and you would be eligible to get the Post 9/11 GI Bil housing allowance.

posted by Ron Kness
10:52 am on April 19, 2013

My husband is currently active duty and he transferred his GI bill to me. In this situation will he be the only one receiving BAH? If I use it after he retires in 1 1/2 yrs will I then receive BAH?

posted by dpagán
10:54 am on April 30, 2013

You will not get the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance if your husband is still serving (because he is already drawing BAH for you). However, once he is out, then you would start getting the Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing allowance – not BAH, as it is entirely different. The Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance is calculated based off of the zip code of your school and the number of credits you are taking and paid at the pay grade of an E-5 with dependents regardless of your husband’s pay grade at the time he got out.

posted by Ron Kness
8:41 am on May 1, 2013

Thanks for helpful information. Can someone clarify one thing for me. My wife served on active duty and earned the Post 9/11 GI bill. I also served on active duty and earned the post 9/11 GI Bill. Are we both entitled to draw separate post 911 GI Bill housing allowance for a full 36 months at the same time?

posted by Tom
7:08 pm on January 5, 2014

Yes you are. Being each of you have your own Post 9/11 GI Bills, each of you are treated as individuals and not as a couple.

posted by Ron Kness
10:11 pm on January 8, 2014
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