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How Do We Get Our Son’s Post 9/11 Transferred Benefit to 100%?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband is a soldier in the Army National Guard. His is currently on his third deployment. He transferred his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to our son who is will start his first year of college this fall. My husband qualified (per VA) at the 80% rate of payment for the GI Bill based on the number of months of AD tours overseas. Because he is on AD now, he is adding to his qualifying months and will soon be eligible for 90% of tuition reimbursement during the middle of the first semester of our son’s schooling. How do we get the increase from 80% to 90% and then again to 100%? It is important to get these increases, but the main problem I see is that he will not have a DD214 until our son has already started his second year due to the tour length. (we need the yellow ribbon program – tuition is over $35K per year without housing). Any suggestions? And… Thanks a bundle for such a great and informative web site!

A: First of all, something here is not right. For your husband to transfer his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your son, he has to already be at the 100% level, have served six years on active duty and commit to an additional four years, before the transfer option will allow him to enter the number of months he wishes to transfer. Just to get to the 100% level, without transferring, requires at least three years on active duty.

If the VA rated your husband at 80%, then they have determined he has at least 24 months, but less than 30 months, of qualifying active duty service, which makes sense due to him already have two deployments under his belt and working on a third.

I don’t think your husband transferred anything to your son, as he isn’t eligible to, so whether you have an updated DD214 at this point or not is a mute point. Even once your husband has the three years to qualify for the 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, he won’t have the six years on active duty he needs, plus agreeing to the additional four years.

One sure way to tell if he has any transferred benefits or not is to have him send in VA Form 22-1990e. If he gets it back approved and with a Certificate of Eligibility, he has benefits; if it comes back denied, then he doesn’t.

I think you got some bad information concerning the transferring of this GI Bill and I would plan to make other financial arrangements for your son to go to college.

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