Who is eligible for Post-9/11 Bill?

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Who is eligible for Post-9/11 Bill?

by: Kim Suchek | .
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published: September 05, 2012

Hello Military Community,

Last week I was going over the Post-9/11 GI Bill and briefly discussed transferability of benefits. Today I would like to go into it in more detail. The information from the Department of Defense site on Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a very generous post-service education benefit, but in many cases the service member never gets the chance to use it or has other resources that help him to reach his educational goals. A special provision of this program allows career service members the opportunity to share their education benefits with IMMEDIATE family members. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the ONLY one which allows these benefits to be transferred, which I will say I am grateful for, because our daughter will be using them next year!

Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or selected reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after Aug. 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and
*Has at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces on the date of election and agrees to serve 4 additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.
*Has at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of election, is precluded by either standard policy (service DoD) or statute from committing to 4 additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute, or..
*Is or becomes retirement eligible during the period from Aug. 1, 2009 through Aug. 1, 2013. A service member is considered to be retirement eligible if he/she has completed 20 years of active duty or 20 years qualifying years of reserve service.
*For those individuals eligible for retirement on Aug. 1, 2009, no additional service is required.
*For those individuals who have an approved retirement date after Aug. 1, 2009, and before July 1, 2012, no additional service is required.
*For those individuals eligible for retirement after Aug. 1, 2009 and before Aug. 1, 2010, 1 year of additional service after approval of transfer is required.
*For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after Aug. 1, 2010 and before Aug. 1, 2011, 2 years of additional service after approval of transfer are required.
*For those individuals eligible for retirement on or after Aug. 1, 2011, and before Aug 1, 2012, 3 years of additional service after approval of transfer required.

An individual approved to transfer an entitlement to educational assistance under this benefit may transfer all or part of the entitlement to:
• The service members spouse.
• One or more of the individual’s children.
• Any combination of spouse and children.
• A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits.
• A child’s subsequent marriage will NOT affect his/her eligibility to receive the educational benefits; however, after an individual has designated a child as a transferee under this section, the individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at ANY time.
• A subsequent divorce will NOT affect the transferee’s eligibility to receive educational benefits; however, after an individual has designated a spouse as a transferee under this section, the eligible individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at ANY time.

An eligible service member may transfer up to the total months of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits or the entire 36 months if the member has used none. Family member use of transferred educational benefits is subject to the following

SPOUSE:
*May start to use the benefits immediately.
*May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
*Is NOT eligible for the monthly stipend or books and supplies while the member is serving on active duty.
*Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service member’s last separation from active duty.

CHILD:
*May start to use the benefit ONLY after the individual making the transfer has completed at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces.
*May use the benefit while the eligible individual remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
*May NOT use the benefit until he/she has attained a secondary school diploma (or equivalency certificate), or reached 18 years of age.
*Is entitled to the monthly stipend and books and supplies stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty.
*Is NOT subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may NOT use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.

For more information regarding this benefit option, go to http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/. To apply to transfer your benefits, go to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/. This site is ONLY available for military members. When the milConnect Home page displays, select Education then Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) from the menu bar. Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with the VA by completing VA Form 22-1990e.

Best wishes from my family to yours,

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website for updated information and other Resources not listed in my book.

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