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The Post-9/11 GI Bill expands the number of people who qualify for education support from the VA.  For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.

Children of service members:

  • 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.
  • Are entitled to the monthly stipend and books and supplies stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty.
  • Are not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.

For more information, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ web site.

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