This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

As an Army Veteran With a General Discharge, How Can I Help My Wife Finish School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have never used any of my benefits and would like to help my wife finish school. I am an Army veteran with a general discharge. I served from 1993 to 1996.

A: That is a very honorable thing you want to do, however, you have several things working against you as far as being able to transfer your GI Bill benefits to your wife. First, the GI Bill you had back in the mid 1990s was the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). Unfortunately that GI Bill does not have any benefit transfer aspects to it.

Second, the MGIB has a 10-year shelf life from the date of your discharge; after that date it expires. You have long since passed your 10-year date from 1996.

Third, with a General discharge, you would not have been able to use your GI Bill benefits yourself, let alone transfer them to your wife.

And while you might have been able to get your characterization of discharge changed to Honorable before your MGIB expired, it still would not have done you any good due to the fact that the MGIB cannot be transferred.

Being your GI Bill benefits would not help your wife finish school, her best bet now for education financial aid would be to apply for grants and scholarships.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2020 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at http://www.va.gov.

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits.For more information on how to choose a school, visit. For more information on ArmyStudyGuide.com, visit our FAQ page or follow the About Us link found below. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.