transferring benefits under the new GI Bill to dependents, keep in mind that
you – the servicemember – always have control over those benefits. Let’s say
you have two children and a husband and that you transfer twelve months of
benefits to each of them. If you later on decide to re-distribute those
benefits, you can do so in any way you like. You can even revoke all
transfers and reclaim all benefits remaining for yourself. And this right
continues to exist once you’ve retired or otherwise left the Coast Guard.
If you’re still in the Coast Guard (and have a CAC ID card) you’ll do this via the same web site you used to make the original transfer.
If you’re no longer in the Coast Guard, you won't have a CAC or have a CAC logon. And the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) will not re-allocate transferred benefits over the phone since this action requires your signature. But you can use a DoD Self-service logon (DS logon) to access the TEB site. You can request a DS logon in person at a DVA regional office or, when you're getting or renewing an ID card at a RAPIDS ID card facility, you can arrange for a DS logon to be mailed to you,
Or, if it's more convenient, you can send a letter to the DVA regional office for the state that the transferee’s (dependent’s) school is located in. Here’s a sample letter.
To: Whom it may concern
I retired from the United States Coast Guard on 31 December 2009 and no longer have access to the Transfer of Education Benefits web site. The purpose of this letter is to request re-allocation of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits I transferred to my dependents on 01 September 2009. The table below shows both the current distribution of my benefits and the desired distribution.
|Dependent's Full Name||Dependent's SSN||Dependent's Address||Original Allocation||New Allocation|
|Jane B. Smith||*********||86 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138||18 months||15 months|
|Samantha K. Smith||*********||9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093||17 months||09 months|
|John T. Smith||*********||1209 Maple Glen, Township, NJ 08234||01 month||12 months|
John R. Smith (SSN: 456-78-9012)
1209 Maple Glen
Township, NJ 08234