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Can I Get Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits from Both My Mother and Father?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My dad retired from the Army 6 years ago, but never used his GI Bill. Would it be possible for him to transfer his benefits to me for school? Also my mother is in the Reserves and she also has the GI Bill. Would it be possible for me to use hers also or either or?

A: Retiring six years ago, it is possible your dad has two GI Bills – the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The MGIB never had a transfer of benefits option to it so he could not transfer it to you.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill on the other hand does have a transfer of benefits option, but the servicemember has to make the transfer request before s/he gets out. With your dad retiring 6 years ago (in 2008), he retired before the Post 9/11 GI Bill came into existence in August 2009, so he never had a chance to make a transfer request. About the only thing he can do now with his GI Bill now is use it himself.

Your mom could have the Post 9/11 GI Bill too depending on if she deployed on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, such as for Iraq or Afghanistan. A one-year deployment would put her at the 60% tier – the same percentage you would inherit if she makes a transfer request to you.

If she does have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, she can transfer part or all of it to you by going to the milConnect website and following the Transfer of Benefits Section. Once approved, you’ll have to submit VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website to get your Certificate of Enrollment that you will need when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student.

Your mom might also have the Reserve GI Bill, but that does not have a transfer option either.

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