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My Post 9/11 GI Bill Story

As you might know, I am in the process of transferring my GI Bill benefits to my two sons. The process is outlined on the VA website. I mailed my initial application to the VA on April 29, 2009 to make sure it reached the western office in Muskogee, OK on 1 May, the first day that the window opened. On June 9th I received my Certificate of Eligibility. I received my VA Form 22-1990E in late July, which was the application for transfer of entitlement. I completed that form, and sent it back with a VA Form 21-686C, the declaration of status of dependents.

About a month earlier I filled out the DoD web-form to transfer my benefit to my two sons. I received confirmation of the transfer about a week later.

I spoke to the Veterans’ Affairs officer at my son’s college, since his enrollment must be verified by the university before the VA begins making payments. I asked him about the bill I received that requested payment on August 15th. He advised me to delay making the payment until this was accomplished. I am reluctant to do this, however, since I hate missing a due date.

I’ll keep posting regarding my progress. I am likely one of the first 15o,000 or so to get enrolled in the program, so I feel like a trailblazer.

More soon!


5 thoughts on “My Post 9/11 GI Bill Story

  1. Hi!Any updates for us? My husband is beginning the process to transfer the funds to our daughter.We've already paid for her tuition and books this semester though.Thanks 🙂

    Posted by becka | August 14, 2009, 8:06 pm
  2. Thanks for the comment. No, no additional updates yet, but I'll let you know right away when I hear something.P.S. The bill is due today for $20,000 so I'm really interested in hearing from them!

    Posted by Lee | August 14, 2009, 11:09 pm
  3. Lee, would like to get your email and see if you're interested in receiving financial readiness updates and information from USAA.

    Posted by MichaelFKelly | August 17, 2009, 6:52 pm
  4. I don't know about the school your sons have applied to, but at KU they automatically put anyone using VA-related education benefits on a deferral. When I turned everything into the registrar's office, they said it would take the VA 6 – 8 weeks before benefits would start paying out. That was two weeks ago.

    Posted by James | August 20, 2009, 9:22 pm
  5. We received our transfer approval TODAY! We now submitted the VA 221990 for our daughter. Her school requires the transfer approval confirmation, a copy of her certificate application and form 21-686C (although I spoke with the VA today and they said that form isn't necessary for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (it is only used for MGIB). We keep you posted too. We started in June…

    Posted by Peggy | August 20, 2009, 11:42 pm

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