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Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Benefits Initiative for Retired Veterans

Recently I posted a blog on another site where retiree John asked if there was a group that could help him transfer his Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to his dependents. As we all know there is not. Also, we know there have been a couple pieces of legislation that if passed, would have allowed it. However, not only did the legislation not pass, neither one ever came up for a vote; subsequently both pieces expired once they reached their time limits.

I decided to start a petition on behalf of all eligible veterans who retired after December 10, 2001 but before August 1, 2009. Because these vets retired before the “magic” date of August 1, 2009, they never had the opportunity to make a transfer request.

Now is your opportunity. If you want to try and get this wrong righted, sign the petition.

You can read the preamble of the petition which gives the background information and defines the veterans in each affected group, if you are not already aware of the situation. The petition part reads:

“We, the undersigned, call on the President of the United States to initiate a Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer-of-Benefits equality and fairness initiative to 20+ year retired military veterans, in both groups as defined in the Preamble, retiring between and including December 10, 2001 to July 31, 2009, by allowing them a one-time opportunity to transfer unused Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to dependent family members.”

You do not have to be in one of the affected veteran groups to support this petition. I can’t guarantee it will be successful, but it is obvious this thing isn’t going to resolve itself, so let’s take it to the Commander-in-Chief and see what happens.

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