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Can I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill to My Son If I Medically Retired in 2003?

Q: I was medically retired with 100% disability in Jan 2003. Can I transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my son?

A: I’m sorry, you will not be able to transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your son. The way Congress wrote the New GI Bill rules, you had to still be serving “on or after August 1, 2009″ to make a transfer request. So that eliminated you and thousands of others who retired before that “magic” date.

There is a new legislation bill (HR 1130), recently introduced by Rep. Rod┬¡ney Alexan┬¡der (R-LA), that would allow 20-year plus veterans retiring between September 30, 2001 and September 30, 2011, the option to make a transfer request. The language of the bill right now does not include those medically retired – just those serving at least 20 years and having at least 90 days of post September 10, 2001 service (necessary to meet the minimum qualifications for the Post 9/11 GI Bill).

I would recommend you contacting your legislators and ask for their support of this bill and introduce a change to include medically retired with 100% benefits.

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