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With the Change, Can My Son Get Back-Pay for My Title 32 Time?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: With the change in the Post 9/11 GI Bill that certain Title 32 time will now count is great for National Guard folks. The new law states the change is effective 1 August 2009 but not payable till 1 October 2011. I transferred the benefit to my son and he is attending college now as a Freshman and his current eligibility is 70% based on my Title 10 time only. If I have plenty of qualifying Title 32 time that I served before 1 August 2009 that will put me at the 100% mark, I’m sure the VA will come up with a process to re-determine the percentage in the next few months. But what I’m wondering is since that T-32 time is actually effective before he started his 1st semester in August 2010, then on 1 October 2011 will the VA go back and pay any back pay that would have been paid if T-32 time was initially covered? It would be nice for him to be able to pay off his student loans that, in reality, he now shouldn’t have had. Thanks for helping.

A: I think your issue will be your Title 32 time before August 1, 2009. Only Title 32 time on August 1st and later will count toward eligibility toward the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The way I understand that provision in the GI Bill 2.0 change, you can go back to August 1st to claim Title 32 time for eligibility purposes, but they will not start paying for Title 32 time until October 1, 2011.

I’m thinking they may go back and pay back-pay on Title 32 time, but one of the VA rules is they can only go back retroactively one-year, so they could only go back to October 1, 2010. There will be more specific information coming out in the future that will better explain the exact process and rules for Title 32 time usage. Keep watching this website for more information on the GI Bill 2.0 changes.

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