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How Do I Know If My Husband Can Still Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I know if my husband still has the ability to get the education GI Bill and if it can be transferred to his wife, me, or my children or grandchildren? Will it cover The Institute of Children’s Literature or one of the colleges of the United States?How much does he have coming if any? Thank you.

Your question is very vague, so I can’t give you a definite yes or no answer. First is your husband still active? Second, which GI Bill are you talking about, as there are more than one?

The only GI Bill that has a transfer option is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. To be able to transfer it to a dependent child or spouse (grandchildren are not covered, unless the grandparent formally adopts them), the servicemember must have served at least six years on active duty, with at least three years after September 10, 2001, and sign-up for an additional four years. Once the servicemember is discharged, making a transfer is not possible.

The Institute of Children’s Literature is not listed in the VA’s list of approved schools, so that may not be an school option or it may be listed under a different name. From your question, I don’t know if you are talking about colleges of the United States in general, or specifically a school called The Colleges of the United States? I did not see a specific school with that title listed, but the Post 9/11 GI Bill does cover hundreds (and probably thousands) of colleges in the United States, including the territories, along with many overseas colleges and universities.

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