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10 G.I. JOBS | SEPTEMBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM EVERY ISSUE VOICE OF VETERANS CHANGE IN ABILITY TO TRANSFER GI BILL DRAWS FIRE NEW GUIDELINES RELEASED by the Department of Defense regarding the ability of a service member to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members have not been well-received by veterans service organizations (VSOs) and military associations. The policy change, announced July 12, gives military members with more than 16 years of service until July 12, 2019, to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members. After that, the service member can keep the educational benefit but will be unable to transfer it to family members. THE VFW ISSUED THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS TO ITS MEMBERS FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT: The VFW recommends service members who are unsure of how they would like to utilize their GI Bill benefits to transfer one month of eligibility to their spouses or dependents before they lose the ability to do so. Service members who transfer benefits to their spouses or dependents will have the ability to adjust the amount of months each beneficiary receives, even after service members have passed the 16-year mark or are discharged from military service. The GI Bill is a great tool to pursue education and training opportunities. We urge every service member to check in with their education offices or career counselor to make sure this benefit is utilized to the maximum extent possible. "The American Legion is 100-percent opposed to the curtailment of veterans' earned benefits. We understand the minimum time in service for transferability for retention purposes. That makes sense. But the 16-year cap on the transferability significantly limits a veteran's ability to execute the full economic potential of that benefit in the way that best suits the veteran and his or her family. We expect the Department of Defense to consult with the veteran community before unilaterally making sweeping decisions that impact all of us. This is a bad policy and our veterans deserve better. We are disappointed by this bad decision and are addressing this issue." Joe Plenzler National Director of Media Relations The American Legion "DoD's announcement to limit the transfer of earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is the first attempt to restrict use of an education tool popular with military families. While we appreciate DoD announcing the policy change won't take effect until 2019, MOAA believes the unilateral change to cut off transferability will likely have a compounding, negative effect on recruiting and retention over time. As military families continue to serve during the longest period of sustained conflict in American history, we question the timing of this change and will seek to learn the VA's role and the interest level of Congress." Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins (USAF, Ret.) President and CEO Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Denise Rohan National Commander of The American Legion

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