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If I Gave My Son My Post 9/11 GI Bill, Can I Take It Back At Any Time?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I gave my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my son. Can I take it back from him for any reason and at any time? Or if I give it to (someone being my son) does that person have total control over the GI Bill I gave him?

A: I’m not sure if I totally understand the second part of your question, but by answering the first part, it may answer the second part for you.
As the servicemember, you have total control over your Post 9/11 GI Bill. So regardless if you are still serving or already retired/separated, you can revoke and reallocate benefits “for any reason and at any time” as you wish.

That is a powerful hand you wield, so make your choices carefully. Don’t do something now that you will regret later, although you could revoke your son’s benefits now and give them back to him later (but he only has up to age 26 to use them or he loses them.

One good reason to revoke benefits from him would be if he is approaching age 26 and has not or will not use up his Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits. It makes sense to take them back instead of losing them.

Keep in mind, if you plan on giving them to someone else, the recipient must have received transferred benefits already in order for you to give benefits to that person. For example, if you had a new child after you got out of the service, you could not make a transfer of benefits to that child (because that child would not been the recipient of transferred benefits already). I hope this also answers the second part of your question.

Comments  (2)

My son is 23 years old. I did not identify him when I retired as receiving benefits. I retired 1 year ago and do not think I’ll use my benefits. Can I give them to him.

posted by Scott
2:33 am on February 21, 2013

No you can’t. Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules, you have to be serving at the time you make a transfer request.

posted by Ron Kness
12:39 pm on March 10, 2013
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