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I’m Ready to Transfer Benefits to My Daughter. What’s Next?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I am a United States Navy Chief Machinist’s Mate retired November 30, 2006 after serving 20 years. My question is on transferring my GI Bill to my daughter, who is currently enrolled at the University of Washington at Bellevue, Washington. I read all the requirements on the VA website and was interested in how I would pursue transferring benefits to my daughter. I was discharged honorably with a 30% service connected disability and served my country faithfully. Thank you for your time.

The problem right now is you can’t transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your daughter. The way Congress wrote the Bill, you had to be “on active duty on or after August 1, 2009”. This left you and thousands of other veterans, who fully qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill including the transfer option, out in the cold. For the life of me, I’ll never understand why they did that.

But there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon that could change it. There is a bill in the House of Representatives right now, H.R. 3577, that if passed would allow 20-plus year veterans, retiring between December 9, 2001 and August 1, 2009, the opportunity to make a transfer request.  My suggestion is that we get a grass-roots movement going and have everyone affected contact their Representatives asking for their support and passage of this bill so that a wrong can be righted. Right now, this is the only hope of getting this accomplished.

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