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How Do I Determine What Benefits Are Still Available to Me for School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I determine what benefits are still available to me for school and if I’m able to allow my wife and daughter to use those benefits?

A: I can tell you right away that if you are retired, you would not be able to transfer benefits to your wife or daughter. Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you have to be currently serving at the time you make your transfer request.

If you are still serving, then go to the milConnect website and enter into your daughter’s and wife’s record how many months of benefits you would like to give each one.

Once the transfer is approved, then each of them must to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get their Certificates of Eligibility that they will need when enrolling in school.

If you have the Montgomery GI Bill, generally speaking it never had a transfer of benefits option to it.

As far as benefits that you can use, it depends on which GI Bill you have and when you got out. If you have the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), then you have up to 10 years from your last date of discharge to use your 36 months of education benefits.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, that time limit is extended out an additional five years – or 15 years from your last date of discharge. Keep track of time though as once you go over these time limits, your benefits expire and you can no longer use them.

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