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How Do I Make a Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer From My Husband to Me?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I do a VA GI Bill transfer from my husband to me?

A: The short answer is you can’t do a transfer of you husband’s Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits from him to you. Why? Because they are not your benefits to transfer – they are his and he has full control over them. He is the only one who can make a transfer request while he is still serving and the only one who can revoke and reallocate unused transferred benefits after retiring.

If he chooses to and is still on active duty, and has served at least six years and agrees to serve an additional four years, he can make a transfer request to you of any or all of his unused Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement by going to the Transfer of Benefits (TEB) website.

Periodically, he will have to go back to the transfer website and look for a status change of “Approved”. Once approved, which can take up to 10 weeks, then you can go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get your Certificate of Eligibility which you will need when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

If your husband is discharged or separated, then it is too late to make a transfer request.

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