Sorting out benefit transfers, GI Bill eligibility


Sorting out benefit transfers, GI Bill eligibility

by: Kim Suchek | .
published: October 06, 2012

Hello Military Community,

This week I would like to highlight some of the emails that I have received in the event it may answer questions that others may have. The names and locations are withheld for confidentiality.

Hi Kim,
     Thank you for the good information on GI Bill benefit in (Stripes Okinawa). I transferred my GI Bill to my son in July 2012 and he is currently attending UTSA (the University of Texas at San Antonio) at this time. I am still waiting for (the) fund(s). Do you know when I (will) get (the) fund(s) or any contact information on (the) fund(s) issue?
     Thank you very much!

Hope this email finds you well. Thank you for contacting me, and I appreciate your interest and support. I am sorry to say that I do not know how long it will take for you to get the benefits for your son. Unfortunately, as we all know, the military works at its own speed. As long as you have filled out the form and have not received a letter in the mail stating that they need more information, I would say it is just a matter of time, and you will get a reply with instructions for your son. Here is a website to help you to get a bit more familiar with this process: Go to the right top corner and type in “transfer of benefits.” This site will offer more detail on the process of transferring educational benefits.

I hope you will stay in touch and let me know if there is ever a resource or something you wish to have more information about. Best wishes to you and your family. Thank you for your service!

Hi Kim,
     I am a retired Navy master chief. I came across this article (link above) and just wanted to verify your information. To my knowledge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at 100% you have to have at least 36 months service after 9/10/2001. Your article states the following: 100% - 35 or more total months, 90% - 30 total months, 80% - 24 total months, 70% - 18 total months, 60% - 12 total months, 50% - 6 total months, 40% - 90 or more days.
     This is BIG for me as I have 35 years and 20 days – 10 days short of 36 months. I have not been able to find the same information anywhere on the VA website. Is it correct as a change coming or is that a typo in your article?
     Thank you in advance for your help.

Thank you for contacting me and following up on what I am writing. I am sorry to say, that is a typo and something I should have caught before it went to print. It should have said, “100% - 36 or more total months. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. While you are not entitled to 100%, don’t forget the other educational resources that are available. If you need any help with those resources, let me know and I would be happy to guide you to them. Again, I am sorry for the typo. Please stay in touch and if you are every looking for a resource and/or information about a resource, please let me know. Best wishes, and thank you for your service.

I would like to thank everyone that has been writing in and asking questions (and in some cases, correcting me on typo’s and outdated information). This column was created as a means to help military families with questions they have and who are uncertain where to go to accomplish their goals. I am honored that you not only read my column but that you trust in me to answer your questions or at least guide you to resources that can. I look forward to answering more of your questions. Best wishes from my family to yours.

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at and visit my website for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.

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