GI Bill Transferability Has Arrived

For the first time in history, servicemembers enrolled in the Post-9/11
GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.

New Department of Defense guidance, issued June 23, 2009, establishes the criteria for eligibility and transfer of those education benefits.

The new GI Bill, signed into law June 30, 2008, provides the most comprehensive educational benefit package since the original bill, officially known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, was signed into law.

For more information on eligibility and application procedures,
see the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs Web site.

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Officials Tout Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2010 –With more than 260,000 students attending about 6,000 colleges and universities this fall under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are continuing an active outreach effort to ensure current military members and veterans don’t miss out on the new program’s education benefits. Story»

GI Bill Changes Could Help Recruiting

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 - Proposed changes to the post-9/11 GI Bill would improve military readiness while aiding recruiting and retention efforts, a senior Pentagon official told the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Story»

Transfer Requires Extra Service

MILLINGTON, Tenn., July 7, 2010 - Sailors wishing to transfer their post 9/11 GI Bill benefits must ensure that they have agreed to serve the addtional time required. Story»

Legislation Could Extend
GI Bill to More Guardsmen

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 16, 2009 – More than 30,000 additional National Guard members may become eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if proposed legislation becomes law. Story»

New GI Bill Will Enhance
Professional Work Force

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2009 – The Post-9/11 GI Bill will mean more college-educated professionals will enter the professional work force, the Veterans Affairs secretary said. Story»

President Favors Inclusive
Approach to GI Bill Benefits

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2009 – As the administration works with Congress to shore up gaps in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, President Barack Obama said he wants to be inclusive in extending those entitlements. Story»

VA, Tricare Recipients Not Impacted

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2009 – In ongoing discussions about health-care reform, President Barack Obama offered assurance to those receiving medical care through Tricare or the Department of Veterans Affairs: Your benefits are safe. Story»

Obama: New GI Bill Renews
Commitment to U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2009 – President Barack Obama saluted the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill during a ceremony at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Story»

GI Bill Transferability Set to Begin

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2009 – More than 25,000 servicemembers have pre-applied for the Post-9/11 GI Bill's option to transfer unused educational benefits to eligible family members. Story»

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New GI Bill Options Take Effect Aug. 1

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 – The Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect Aug. 1, but in the meantime, servicemembers may submit a request to transfer benefits to their spouses and children now. Story»

1,100 Schools Sign New
GI Bill 'Yellow Ribbon' Pact

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2009 – Vets to Get Better Financial Aid for School More than 1,100 colleges, universities and schools across the country have entered into "Yellow Ribbon" program agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve financial aid for veterans participating in Post-9/11 GI Bill. Story»

Troops Urged to Apply Soon for Benefits

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2009 – Servicemembers interested in using the new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits this fall are encouraged to contact the Veterans Affairs Department soon to determine their eligibility, the VA’s director of education said. Story»

Troops to Use Web Site
To Transfer GI Bill Benefits

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2009 – The Defense Department has signed off on policies and procedures servicemembers will use to transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children. Story»

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