Is It Legal for My Husband to Have Our Son’s Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Deposited into His Own Account?
Q: I have a son who is in college and his dad is in the military. Instead of letting my son get his check once everything is approved and go to his direct deposit account, he wants my son’s money to come to him in his account so he can give him what he wants him to have. Is that lawful? My second son with him also got his portion of the GI Bill and he got all of his money to come to him until his time was up.
A: It is not unlawful for your husband to do that as the VA will deposit the money into whatever account is on the VA Form 22-1990e. If no Direct Deposit information is provided, then a check would be sent to the address on the form.
Because your husband did not do that with your other son, he may have good reason for doing it this way with son number two. Maybe he is not a good money manager and your husband is trying to teach him good money management, a valuable skill used throughout his lifetime.
However in my estimation, he may also be passing up a good opportunity to let your son go out on his own. He will have to anyway at some point. Teach him the basics of good money management, let him manage his GI Bill funds and periodically review how he spent the money. He will know how much he would have coming in each month and learn how to make it last until he gets another payment.
He may make some bad choices in the beginning, but once he knows he is not getting any more money until his next Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance payment comes, you would be surprised how he will learn to manage money.