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How Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Work With Both of Us Being Veterans?


Q: My husband is getting out of the military and I am still currently in the military and we are being told that my husband will not be able to receive the BAH w/ Dependents with the Post 9/11 GI Bill because I am still in the military. Is that true? Also, we are told that if we are both using are Post 9/11 only one of us will get the BAH pay. How do we get a straight and honest answer about this? Thank you.

A: No it is not true in your situation, but it could be true in another. I’ll explain. What you heard is true if your husband was using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits he received from you. In that scenario, when one spouse is still serving and another is going to school using transferred benefits, the spouse is already drawing BAH for the other spouse and so the student spouse would not get the housing allowance. But since he served and has his own Post 9/11 GI Bill, he would get the housing allowance just like any other Post 9/11 GI Bill student having a non-military spouse.

The housing allowance is dependent on the number of credits taken and the zip code of the school. As you eluded to, it is paid at the pay grade of an E-5 with dependents, whether the student has dependents or not.

The other thing you were told is also not true. Because each of you have your own Post 9/11 GI Bill, each of you would get the housing allowance if you are both going to school at the same time. It always amazes me how much false information there is going around concerning the GI Bills. However, what I told you is the truth and honest answers to your questions. So the next time you hear someone spreading untruths on this topic, you can correct them!


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