My husband joined the Air National Guard in 1997 and transferred to AGR in the Air Force in 1999. he has approximately 5 years left in service until he can retire with full benefits. he bought into the Montgomery Bill and currently is using his active duty benefits for schooling. What is our best course of action at this point to assure he can finish his schooling by retirement with his benefits, as well as transfer the post-911 GI Bill to our daughter? I know that the original post-911 Bill did not include AGR personnel – only Active Duty and Guard/Reserve (something that did not make sense to me). have they fixed this? What are our options? thank you. – Meghan
First Meghan, he should continue with his schooling using his active duty benefits. but I did want to mention that if he is using Tuition Assistance (TA), and his tuition exceeds what TA will pay, the difference may be coming out of his GI Bill benefits through a program called Tuition Top-Up. While it does use up GI Bill benefits, it does so more slowly as TA is picking up most of the tab, so it is a wise use of GI Bill benefits. my point is, if that is true, then he may have less GI Bill benefits left when he retires than what he thought he should have.
The original Post 9/11 GI Bill did not include the AGR program as a valid program to acquire Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility, however that changed with the implementation of GI Bill 2.0. Now his AGR time back to September 10, 2001 does count toward new GI Bill eligibility.
The key to transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits is to make the transfer request now while he is still serving. he has the time, he is currently serving – he just has to make sure he has at least four years left on his enlistment.
Once that is in place, then he can go to the milConnect website and make the transfer request by entering in the number of months he wishes to transfer in his daughter’s account.
Once approved, and when she has either graduated from high school or turned 18, she can request here Certificate of Eligibility by going to the eBenefits website and submitting VA Form 22-1990e.
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