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Why Can’t I Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Oldest Son?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My oldest son is 23. It says N/A beside his name. Why is it he cannot receive my GI benefits?

A: Do all your children have N/A or only your oldest son. If they all have N/A, then you are not eligible to make a transfer of benefits. There could be a few reasons for that:

  • One, you might not be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you have the Montgomery GI Bill you can’t make a transfer in that it doesn’t have a dependent transfer option.
  • Two, if you are still serving, you might not qualify yet for the transfer option. You need to have at least six years of qualifying service and reenlist for an additional four years before getting access to the transfer option.
  • Three, if you are discharged, you are not eligible to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer. Once retired, it is too late.

If it is just your oldest son, then the possible reasons are:

  • His DEERS record is not set-up correctly.
  • He is no longer listed as one of your dependents.
  • He is no longer considered one of your dependents due to his age. I think this is most likely the reason as this is right out of the Transfer Process document on the VA’s website: “If a family member is not eligible for DEERS benefits, and thus is not eligible to receive transferred benefits, an N/A instead of a Yes link appears in the Transfer column for that family member.”

So he is not eligible to receive DEERS benefits which is most likely due to him being over 21.

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