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How Can I Give My Wife My GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How can I give my wife my GI Bill?

A: It depends on which GI Bill you are talking about and your current military status. The only GI Bill that has transfer benefit option is the Post 9/11 GI Bill and if you are retired, you can’t transfer benefits anyway.

However, assuming you are still serving, have served for at least six years, and have at least four years left on your enlistment at the time you make a transfer request, you can go to the milConnect website and fill out a request.

Once your transfer is approved, indicated by the Status Block changing from “Transfer Pending” to “Transfer Approved”, then she can go to the eBenefits website and request her Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e. She would need a copy of it when she enrolls in school.

If she waits to use her transferred benefits until you are out, then she would get the monthly housing allowance which right now averages $1,300 per month. If she chooses to use her benefit now while you are still serving, then she forgo that monthly payment.

Regardless of your serving status, she would get her tuition paid up to the resident rate and receive the book stipend.

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