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With the Passage of the GI Bill 2.0, Can I Now Transfer Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Can retirees transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill to dependents since President Obama signed S.3447 Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 into Law? I retired May 1, 2006 after 22 years of active duty service and a OEF/OIF vet. Does this new law allow retirees who are 100% eligibility for the program to be able to transfer the benefits to their dependents?

A: The Improvements Act of 2010 you are referring to, also known as the GI Bill 2.0, has many provisions to it, but allowing retired veterans to transfer benefits was not one of them. That provision was in another bill called H.R. 3557, but that bill did not even make it to a vote this year.

H.R. 3557 would have allowed veterans with 20 years or more of service, and retiring between December 9, 2001 and August 1, 2009, the opportunity to make a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits request.

If you are interested in making a transfer, let your legislators know by contacting them and asking for their support on this important issue. Numbers talk and if we can get every veteran who would be affected by this legislation to voice their concern, we could be a powerful voice and maybe get this accomplished, but it will take the effort of everyone involved and not just a few of us.

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