I applaud the benefits given to servicemembers under the post-9/11 GI Bill, but I am angry at the transfer eligibility requirements.
I understand this is being used as a retention tool but, for retirees who have served honorably for 20-plus years to not be given the option or right to transfer this benefit is a real slap in the face.
I retired after 21 years in the Air Force in September 2007 and this bill was not fully drafted, so there was no way to make an informed decision at that time, but for me it was the right time to retire. Now, I’m being discriminated against because of my retirement date.
I would like to transfer this benefit to my spouse because I feel I am beyond schooling years, and the age gap between me and my wife makes her a better prospect for utilizing the benefit.
There should be an amendment to the bill to allow honorably discharged retirees the same transfer rights, or at least a percentage of the benefits, to a spouse or child. Right now, I feel as if I served, retired and [was told] good riddance.
Master Sgt. James Fernacz (retired)Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan