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While Deployed, What Steps Are Necessary to Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Her?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m currently on deployment in Afghanistan. My wife is trying to go to BCC (Broward Community College) under my GI Bill benefits. What are the necessary steps that I need to take to transfer my benefits to her? She has already filed the form 221098E

A: I have no idea how the 1098-E is connected with this question, unless there is another 1098-E. The one I’m familiar with is a form sent out by student loan providers that is used to show how much was paid on student loans during that tax year. Unless you mean the VA Form 22-1990e. That would be the form she would have sent in to get her Post 9/11 GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). However, it will come back disapproved, because she did not first already have benefits that had been transferred to her yet (and approved) before she submitted her form. The VA can’t approve something she doesn’t yet have.

The way the process works is first you have to meet the transfer of benefits eligibility requirements which are:
• Currently serving at the time of the transfer request
• Have served for at least six years
• Have at least four years remaining on your enlistment

If you meet those requirements, then go to the milConnect website and enter into your wife’s record the number of months of benefits you wish to transfer to her. After 8 to 10 weeks, check back at the website to see if your request status has changed from “Pending Review” to “Request Approved”.

Once approved, then have your wife go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, she will then get her CoE which she will need when she registers for school.

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