H.R. 5781, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make an individual who is eligible for educational assistance under chapter 33 of such title, transfers such educational assistance to a dependent, and fails to complete a service agreement...
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on March 12, 2020
Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides monthly housing allowances and pays the tuition and fees for beneficiaries pursuing approved education programs. Beneficiaries, including veterans, service members, and their designated dependents, can receive that assistance for up to 36 months. Service members who complete at least six years of active duty and agree to perform another four years can be approved to transfer up to a total of 36 months of their education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to their spouses or children. Spouses may begin using benefits upon transfer, whereas children cannot use benefits until the service member completes the four additional years of service. With some exceptions, if the service member fails to complete their service obligation, payments for the use of transferred education benefits are classified as overpayments. The service member and the person to whom benefits were transferred are jointly liable for repayment.