Change GI Bill Transferability Rules
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Our daughter is a a senior in high school and her father is an Army veteran who spent 15 years in the service, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, he was honorably discharged less than a year ago. We were planning to use his GI Bill for both of our children's college tuition until we recently found out the department of defense only allows eligible ACTIVE duty service members to transfer their educational benefits to their spouse or children. Their father is a eligible VETERAN however the D.O.D. does not allow transfer of benefits to individuals that have already separated from the military.
Most of our soldiers aren't aware of this policy therefore they don't transfer while being active duty. They then find themselves in the same situation as us. We thought our children had college tuition so we did not save tuition money! This policy is in place for retention purposes only. A veteran who meets all of the requirements for the GI Bill should be entitled to use their earned benefits the same as an active duty service member.
We are asking for your support on changing the transfer of benefits policy under the GI Bill by allowing veterans to utilize their benefits the same way an active duty service member can. They served our country, earned the benefits and met the eligible criteria. Our veterans deserve the same rights.
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