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What GI Bill Benefits Does My Husband Have Left?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was wondering how long my husband’s veterans benefits are available to me for continuing my education? He was in the 82nd Airborne, served for over 10 years and became the Jump Master. He is a disabled vet, and is looking to return back to college. It has been roughly 20 years and we are not sure if he is still eligible to use his education benefits? Thank you!

A: Unfortunately, his education GI Bill benefits have expired. Back then, your husband would have had the Montgomery GI Bill and that carries a delimiting date of 10 years from the date of discharge.

If either of you would like to go to school, you can start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see what you would qualify for as far as education financial aid. There are also many grants, scholarships and loans available, but they take some searching on the Internet to find. My point is if both of you want to go to school, there is financial assistance available to help you. Where there is a will, there is a way. Good luck!

Comments  (2)

My Mom retired “disabled” in 2002 and she has GI Bill benefits remaining… I am 34 years old and I am wondering if she can transfer those educational benefits to me to assist with tuition for my Graduate studies.

posted by Tisha
1:51 pm on November 11, 2010

Most likely not as the maximum age to use benefits is 26.


posted by Ron Kness
10:31 am on November 25, 2010
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