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Is It a Problem That My Post 9/11 GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility Is in My Husband’s Name?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband has been approved to transfer his Post 9/11 GI Bill to me. I have already submitted the application but the Certificate of Eligibility we received in the mail is in my husband’s name and not mine. Is this a problem?

A: Yes it is a problem. Most likely what happened is you or your husband submitted the wrong Certificate of Eligibility request form. If the serving member wants his/her Certificate of Eligibility, then s/he submits VA Form 22-1990. However, if the spouse wants a certificate, then s/he must submit VA Form 22-1990e. There is just one letter difference – the “e” on the end of the form number – but if the wrong form is submitted, the result can be as you described.

The easiest way to correct this would be to request your Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990e this time from the eBenefits website. That should get you a certificate with your name on it.

Otherwise, when you go to enroll in school, the wrong name would be on the certificate and you would not be able to use your transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlements. Evidently your husband did not transfer all his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to you. Otherwise, a red flag should have went up at the VA when they went to process his certificate request and he would not have had any entitlements left to use.

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