A vet wants to transfer her GI Bill benefits
Dear Sgt. Shaft,
I retired from the Air Force in 2006, with
22 years of service. I retired before the Post 9/11 GI Bill
existed. I realize that I can use it. What don't understand is why I am
not able to let my child use it. I wasn't given an opportunity during my
22 years to use a GI Bill. (It didn't exist for me, I didn't sign up for
VEAP, we all know why!)
I really don't need to use it myself, but my daughter would definitely
use it and she wants
Deanna A MSgt, USAF (retired)
To qualify for transfer of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill an individual must have been a member of the Armed Forces on 8/1/2009.
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