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As a Reservist, Do I Get to Use the New Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have 3+ years of deployments under my belt and have 10 years in the Army Reserves. I have used my TA up and my Selected Reserve Chapters 1606/1607 GI Bill Benefits. Do I get to use the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and how does my husband who served 20 years ago in the Army and Navy learn if he could receive the GI Bill?

A: If your deployments were all Title 10 active duty in support of contingency operations (and after September 10, 2001, then you also qualify at the 100% level for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, under the Rule of 48, you are limited to a combined maximum of 48 months of GI Bill benefits. So if you have used up 36 months under Chapters 1606/1607, you could get an additional 12 months under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

For those additional 12 months, either you could use them or you could transfer them to your husband as the GI Bill benefits he had (if he had any at all) would have expired 10 years from his date of discharge. If you choose to make a transfer to him, go to the TEB website and enter in the number of months you would like to transfer to him. Once approved, he can go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, he will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that he will need when enrolling in school.

If you choose to use your benefits, you would send in VA Form 22-1990 instead of the 22-1990e. You would not have to go through the transfer process as you already own the benefit.

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