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Can I Only Revoke or Add Months to Existing Dependents Already Having the Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefit?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m just trying to be clear. So I can only revoke or add months to existing dependents already getting benefit, right?

A: Yes, already getting Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or had the benefit at one time. For example if you had transferred some of your Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement to one of your kids while you were on active duty, but not the other one, you can add months after you get out to the child that had already received benefits, but not to the one never having benefits.

Whether the child that had benefits has any left or not is immaterial; s/he can get more benefits again if you choose to make the transfer.
To get maximum flexibility, many servicemembers make a transfer of at least one month of entitlement to each child and their spouse.

That way after retiring, the veteran can revoke and reallocate benefits as necessary, taking benefits away from a child not using them and reallocating to one that has used up their benefits and can use more. Or the sponsor earning the benefits could revoke from one child and use the benefits him or herself.

Where the issue sometimes comes into play is if the servicemember has a new dependent after s/he retires from the military. There is no way to make a transfer of benefits to that new child.

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