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Do I Have Benefits I Can Transfer to Dependents?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I entered the Army in 1974 and served 30 consecutive years. I was active during 9/11, deployed to Iraq in 2003 and retired in 2004. Are there any of my education benefits that I have not used that can be transferred to a dependent?

A: I can’t tell from your question what GI Bill benefits you have used, but being you are retired, there isn’t any benefits that can be transferred. You do qualify for 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement, but to make a transfer, you had to be on active duty on or after August 1, 2009 and by that time you had already been retired for 5 years.

There is a bill in Congress right now that, if passed, it would allow 20+ year retirees like you, retiring between December 9, 2001 and August 1, 2009 the opportunity to make a transfer to a spouse or dependent child. Contact your legislators and ask for their support and passage of H.R.3577.

Thousands of veterans are in the same boat as you – fully qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, including transfer rights, but retiring before the “magic” date of August 1, 2009.

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