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I Have Six Years of Service, Why Can’t I Transfer Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My wife is trying to go to nursing school in Vista CA. I have been in for six years and have 2 more left until I can reup. Can she use my GI Bill? How do we go about her getting it.

A: You are in somewhat of a Catch-22 right now, however, you may have an option. You have the six years in, but you need to extend for four more years before you are allowed to transfer any of your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your wife. However, you can’t extend for two more years. At this point the only thing you can do is extend at the earliest time you become eligible. The Army does have some reenlistment options open and they frequently change without notice, so you may want to watch this page to see if you qualify for something that would let you extend early.

Once you extend for the four years you need, then go to the TEB website and transfer the number of months of GI Bill education benefit to your wife. Keep coming back to see when the status changes from Pending to Approved and the approval date.

Once that happens, your wife can go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990e. In return, she will get a Certificate of Eligibility, which she will need when she enrolls in school.

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