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Can I Use My Husband’s Post 9/11 GI Bil GI Bill If He Got Out of the Navy In 2007?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I would like to know if I can use my husband’s GI Bill. He was in the Navy for 7 years and 1 year in reserves. He got out in Dec. 2007. We live in Texas. Texas was his home of record. I will attend online if possible.

A: With your husband getting out two years before the Post 9/11 GI Bill started, he never had a chance to make a transfer of benefits to you. The way Congress wrote the Post 9/11 GI Bill rules, he had to serve for at least six years, agree to serve for an additional four years, and still be serving “on or after August 1, 2009″ to make and get approved a transfer request.

And if he has the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), that won’t work either as the Navy’s MGIB never had a transfer-of-benefits option to it. The Army and Air Force each tested MGIB benefit transfer programs as pilot programs briefly, but both dropped their programs due to non-participation.

It is unfortunate that your husband possibly has 48 months of benefits from two GI Bills and up to 150 semester hours of Hazelwood Act benefits, and can’t transfer any of it to you.

However, you should also be glad you don’t qualify for his Hazelwood Act benefits, because if you did, it would mean he was either killed in the line of duty or is totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected injury or illness. There are better ways to get money to go to school and it is out there, you just have to do some research work to find it.

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