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Can My 9 Months of Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferred Benefits Be Taken Away from Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If I have 9 months of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and I haven’t used it yet, can it be taken from me? If he split it up between me and my brothers, can it be transferred away from me? My dad is retired.

A: Yes he can. The sponsor that originally owned the benefits and transferred them to you, can also take them away – even after retiring – and give them to your other brothers. It is called revocation and reallocation of benefits.

If your brothers are currently using their Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits, or have exhausted them and you have not used yours yet, your dad may think you are not going to use them. If you don’t use them by age 26, they will expire.

Sit down and have a talk with him. Go into your meeting with a plan on when and how you intend to use your benefits – just be sure you can execute your plan. In other works, don’t write a check that you don’t have the funds to cover.

And if you don’t plan on using your transferred benefits, why not offer to have your dad revoke them from you and give them to your brothers who can use them. That would be a true gesture of brotherly love.

The act of your dad transferring his Post 9/11 GI Bill to you and your brothers was a gesture of kindness on his part and an opportunity for you to have a year of schooling paid for at no expense to you (or him).

Keep in mind that if attending college is holding you back from using your benefits, it doesn’t have to be a four-year college that you attend. You can also use your Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend vocational and technical schools. Using your benefit would give you a start at learning a trade or a skill with little cost to you.

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