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How Do I Sign-Up for the Post 9/11 GI Bill Before I Retire?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I don’t want to use the benefit now, but I may want it later for my kids. I have 5 yrs left before I’m eligible to retire. How do I “sign up” now so I can serve my last 5 years and fulfill the GI Bill commitment at the same time?

A: First, you may have to reenlist for enough years to bring you to the 20-year mark, if your current enlistment doesn’t do that. If it does, then you should be O.K. with the first step.

Next, go to the TEB website. There you will find a record on each of your kids (and spouse). Enter in the number of months you want to transfer to each child. You will notice when you are done the Status block says “Pending Review”. Periodically watch the website and look for the status to change to “Approved”. Sometimes it can take up to 8 weeks for the transfers to get approved. If you can’t enter months into any of the records, then there is an issue with your enlistment time left.

Once approved, and when your kids are ready to use their transferred benefits, each of them will have to go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, each will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that they will need when enrolling in school as a GI Bill student using transferred benefits.

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