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If My Father Is Still On Active Duty, Can I Receive Any Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If my father is still on active duty, can I receive any kind of benefits? If so what kind and form do I need to fill out?

A: Yes you can receive some benefits, but only if your father makes a transfer of some or all of his Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement. And only he can do that transfer request and it has to be done while he is still on active duty; once retired and it is too late.

There are actually three service requirements he has to meet:
• First, he has to have served for at least six years or more.
• Second, he has to be currently serving at the time of the request (which he is)
• Third, he has make sure he has at least four years left on his enlistment at the time of transfer.

If he meets these three requirements, then he can start the process by going to the Transfer of Benefits section at milConnect.com and follow the instructions.

Once his request is approved, then you have to go to the eBenefits.com website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get your Certificate of Eligibility that you will need when enrolling in school as a Post 9/11 GI Bill student. Also know that you have to use your transferred benefits by age 26 or you lose them.

The benefit you get is three-fold:
• The VA pays your tuition directly to your school
• You get a monthly housing allowance
• Once per semester (up to the $1,000 per year cap) you get a book stipend.

If he wants to help pay your way through college, this would be a great way to do it.

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