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How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Son?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have been in the military 19 years and would like to transfer my Post 9/11 benefits to my son. How do I go about doing this?

A: First, go to the TEB website and if you are authorized to make a transfer request, then you will be able to access or “edit” your son’s record. If you can get into his record, then just enter the number of unused Post 9/11 GI Bill months of entitlement you want to give to him. If you can’t enter his record or it is “grayed” out, then you will most likely have to reenlist first to get your enlistment time to 20 years or his record is not current in DEERS. Once the reenlistment action is complete, or his DEERS record is current, then you should be able to make a transfer request.

Once you make a request, the status screen will change to Pending Review. Keep checking back at the TEB website and watch for the status to change to Approved. Once approved, then your son can go to the VONAPP website and submit VA form 22-1990e. He will get back a Certificate of Eligibility that he will need when he enrolls in school as a GI Bill user. That’s it!

2 responses on “How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to My Son?

Good answer, although I would add the following: (1) You must transfer at least 1 month while you are still in a currently serving status, (2) Consider putting 1 month of eligibility into all beneficiaries (such as spouse or another child) to maintain maximum flexibility) and (3) Your son must be either 18, a high school graduate or have a GED to complete the VONAPP, which can cause a bit of a time crunch if you have a “young” high school senior.

Phil Dyer, CFP®, RLP®, CPCC
National Financial Educator

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