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Will I Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Once We Are Divorced?

Q: I am prior service and my GI Bill Post 9/11 is almost used up. My spouse who is active duty wants to give me his GI Bill, also Post 9/11, however we will be divorcing soon (he wants to still pass me the bill). How do we go about doing this? Also I saw on one post because it is transferred GI Bill I won’t receive housing or a book payments unless he was no longer active duty. Will that change seeing that we will be divorced?

A: He can still pass you his Post 9/11 GI Bill, but the transfer process must be complete before the divorce proceedings begin just to keep everything straight. It can take 8 to 10 weeks to get a transfer request approved, so he should start the process now.

He needs to go to the TEB website and enter into your record the number of months he wishes to give transfer to you. He can transfer any unused amount. If he has never used any of his Post 9/11 GI Bill, then he should have 36 months he could give you. Periodically, he will have to go back to the TEB website to see when the request status changes from “Pending Review” to “Approved”.

Once that happens, you must go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990e to get your Certificate of Eligibility which you will need when registering for school.

As far as housing and book stipend, the VA will need a copy of your final divorce decree and that should start your housing allowance. Under a recent change, you would get the book stipend anyway even if you were not divorced and he was still on active duty.

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