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Will Marrying Change My Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am looking to get married in a year or so and I am currently in the process of getting my bachelor’ degrees. My father recently transferred his Post 9/11 GI Bill to me. If I get married- will that vanish since I will no longer be his dependent? Also- can the GI bill be retracted- as in can he take it back completely to use the remaining for himself? Thanks.

A:  Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage! Don’t worry, marrying in itself will not affect your transferred Post 9/11 GI bill benefit.  Here is an extract from the VA’s website on transferred benefits: “A child’s subsequent marriage will not affect his or her eligibility to receive the educational benefit; however, after an individual has designated a child as a transferee under this section, the individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.”

However as far as the second part of your question, as the above extract says, the service member retains the right to revoke and re-assign transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. As the “owner” of the benefits, yes your father could take back your benefits and either keep them for himself or transfer them to another sibling or to his spouse.

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