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    Transferring GI Bill to Adopted Children?

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    We haven't adopted any children, yet, but it has been a plan of ours for a while. When DH gets back from this deployment next year and settles back in, we were discussing looking into adopting an older child who could benefit from the GI bill benefits for college since if we ever have kids of our own they wouldn't be able to use them as the time limit will have passed.

    From what I can tell, to transfer GI bill to children you have to agree to at least 4 years of service past the transfer date, is that correct? Does that mean when you decide to transfer them or when the child actually starts school with them? DH only has 6 years left when he gets back so I guess we'd have to hurry up and start the process if we want to go through with this plan so that any adopted children could actually use the benefits.

    Anyone have experience using the bill for an adopted child and/or transferring the bill to their children?
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    Dh is transferring some of his P9/11 GI Bill to me. As far as we can tell, he has to have 4 years left at the time of transfer. The date of the education is not relevant. That's what my research turned up, at least.
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    they can use the benefit until they are 26 years old.

    he will need to commit to a specific amount if time if he does not have at least 4 years if time left.

    however- beginning aug 2013 - it is going to change and it will no longer be offered in the broad spectrum that it is now- it will be going back to the original branch specific qualifications.
    this has not been announced yet because each branch has to decide how they will allow the transfer. We are expecting an official announcement around OCT 1.
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    they can use the benefit until they are 26 years old.>>

    How does this work? When DH talked to them about DD, they said she had to be DEERS eligible and have an ID card. She is 23 and out of school.
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    Eligible Dependents

    An individual approved to transfer an entitlement to educational assistance under this section may transfer the individual’s entitlement to:
    •The individual's spouse.
    •One or more of the individual’s children.
    •Any combination of spouse and child.
    A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits.

    A child's subsequent marriage will not affect his or her eligibility to receive the educational benefit; however, after an individual has designated a child as a transferee under this section, the individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.

    A subsequent divorce will not affect the transferee’s eligibility to receive educational benefits; however, after an individual has designated a spouse as a transferee under this section, the eligible individual retains the right to revoke or modify the transfer at any time.

    Nature of Transfer

    An eligible Service member may transfer up to the total months of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, or the entire 36 months if the member has used none (unless DoD/DHS limits the number of months an individual may transfer).

    Family member use of transferred educational benefits is subject to the following:

    Spouse:
    •May start to use the benefit immediately.
    •May use the benefit while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty.
    •Is not eligible for the monthly housing allowance while the member is serving on active duty.
    •Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service member’s last separation form active duty.


    Child:
    •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.
    •Is entitled to the monthly housing allowance stipend even though the eligible individual is on active duty.
    Is not subject to the 15-year delimiting date, but may not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.
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    Hmm, that isn't what they told him; they said she had to have an ID card at the time she was going to use them. It doesn't really matter cause my other daughter is using it for her bachelor's and the older already has hers. I can't remember if they had him cancel her or not at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsgirl View Post
    they can use the benefit until they are 26 years old.

    he will need to commit to a specific amount if time if he does not have at least 4 years if time left.

    however- beginning aug 2013 - it is going to change and it will no longer be offered in the broad spectrum that it is now- it will be going back to the original branch specific qualifications.
    this has not been announced yet because each branch has to decide how they will allow the transfer. We are expecting an official announcement around OCT 1.
    For those who already did the transfer be protected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach View Post
    For those who already did the transfer be protected?
    GG might know something different and have better info, but I was told that once the transfer is made, it can't be unmade, even if the rules change. So if on August in 2013 the Navy decided that spouses can no longer use the GI Bill (not that it would be that extreme, but as an example...), if the transfer has already been made to you, you can keep it. Or if suddenly he has to have 6 years left and he doesn't, if he has already transferred it to you, you are good.

    IDK though if the changes in rules for use would apply. For example, you currently have 15 years after he gets out to use it, but if the rules change to limit you to only 10 years after he gets out, I'm not sure if the transfer date would mean you were grandfathered into the old rules, or not.
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    I hope! Dh is over 27, and our dd is currently using it. We are counting on two more years.
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    no once the transfer is made it will not be with drawn-

    however if the member ETSes before serving his required obligated service, he will lose the benefit, even if it is currently being used.
    this does not apply if the member is forced to retire, or is med boarded. only if it is a vollentary sep.
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