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Why Would One Son’s Application Be Approved and the Other’s Not Yet?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband retired this year and transferred his GI Bill to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Both of my boys are in college and need the money.

I filled out paper work and sent it in at the same time for both of them. The transmissions were 5 min apart. The first one I sent in has already been paid. My second child is pending.

When I called I could not get any information on why it was pending. I was told it would take 24 days. My question is can both boys get paid since each one received half of my husband’s GI Bill? They did say they did not need any more information from me. Can you explain what pending means and how long it can take?

A: Yes, as long as both boys have Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred entitlements, both can get paid. It costs the VA the same amount of money if they pay one person for 36 months or two for a combined 36 months. They just end up paying the same amount of money out sooner.

You did not say how long it was from the time you sent in the paperwork until your first son got paid, but the fact that one is paid and the other is still pending is not alarming. I think the figure of 24 days you were given is a little short. Usually it takes around 8 to 10 weeks to get the first payment started. After that, it will come around the same time each month.

Pending means the VA received your request, but they have not got around to processing it. If something was awry, they should have noticed it when they look at his file during your call. If he gets past the 10-week mark and still has not been paid, then I would start calling and asking why. Even during the fall term, when many new students start school and overwhelm the VA with applications, 10 weeks should be plenty of time.

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