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Can My Husband Still Transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits With Less Than 3 Years of Service Left?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is still on active duty but, will be retiring in June 2012. Can he transfer his GI Bill to our son? We were previously told he must have 3 yrs of retainability at the time of transfer. Has this changed so that he can transfer it as long as he is still on active duty? Thank you for your time and assistance!

A: The way the rules read, there are two service requirements that must be met to get a Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits request approved. First, he must have served for at least 6 years on active duty of which three years has to be after September 10, 2001. Second, he must agree to stay in for another four years, unless he is within four years of being “retirement eligible”. Because your husband is within a year from retirement, he would not have to extend for any additional time.

But because he is so close to retirement, he needs to make a benefits transfer request now to ensure it is approved before he gets out. To submit a request, he has to go to the TEB website and enter into his son’s record how many months he wished to transfer to him.

Once approved, and it can take 8 to 10 weeks for approval and he will have to keep going back to the website to see when it is approved, your son must go to the eBenefits website and request his Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e. He will need this certificate when enrolling in school as a Post 9/11 GI Bill student.

I can’t emphasize enough that he must request the transfer now while he is still in – once he is out, it will be too late!.

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