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What Exactly Does This Mean and Where Do I Go from Here?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My Dad transferred a portion of his GI bill to me before he retired last May 2011. My Claim for benefits came back denied the reason on the letter said “Unfortunately, we must deny your claim because the Navy isn’t currently participating in the transfer program. We will review your claim for possible eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.” What exactly does this mean and where do I go from here?

A: That is an interesting response from the VA. It almost sounds like your dad tried to transfer his Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) instead of his Post 9/11 GI Bill. If that is what he did, then I understand their response since the Montgomery GI Bill does not have a transfer-of-benefits option.

How exactly did your dad make a transfer request? What he should have done is gone to the TEB website and filled in the number of Post 9/11 GI Bill months in your record that he wanted to transfer to you. Then he should have kept coming back to the website and looked for the status to change from “Pending Review” to “Approved”.

Once approved, then you should have submitted VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website to get your Certificate of Eligibility, which you would need when registering for school.

The other possible reason for your declination, could have been he got out of the Navy before the transfer was complete. It can take 8 to 10 weeks for the transfer to get approved. Unfortunately, a transfer cannot be initiated after the sponsor separates from the military, so it may be too late to correct any mistakes that were made.

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