Military Benefits Question

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kalvano
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Military Benefits Question

Postby kalvano » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:30 pm

My dad served 4 years in the Air Force a long time ago, but never used his educational benefits. Someone told him that he could pass them on to me. Is that true?

It's hard to find info on military benefits before the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

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Re: Military Benefits Question

Postby icecold3000 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:37 pm

Probably not, but it would depend.

If by a long time ago you mean from 1984-2001, then probably not. The previous veteran education bill (Montgomery GI Bill) must be used within 10 years from the last discharge. I am not familiar with the GI Bills prior to 1984, but I would be willing to bet these benefits have expired as well.

If by a long time ago you happen to mean after 2001, then yes. He could likely pass on his post 9/11 GI Bill.

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Re: Military Benefits Question

Postby mikeditkaisgod » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:16 pm

kalvano wrote:My dad served 4 years in the Air Force a long time ago, but never used his educational benefits. Someone told him that he could pass them on to me. Is that true?

It's hard to find info on military benefits before the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.


The old G.I. Bill expired after 10 years, the new bill expires after 15 years. I'm not familiar with every rule and regulation of the previous G.I. Bill, but I believe that your father can pass on his G.I. bill assuming those years are not expired. I also think that there are other factors that would allow you to receive his benefits, such as whether or not he became disabled while serving in the military. I'd just call the local VA and ask.

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Re: Military Benefits Question

Postby gloriacollins » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:45 am

yeah i think you can...:)

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Re: Military Benefits Question

Postby 03121202698008 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:29 am

Uh, check the rules with the VA. In most cases, the benefits must have been passed on while he was serving on active duty because you incur a service obligation for doing so.




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