While the Pentagon has placed new, stricter restrictions on GI Bill transfers for most active duty service members, in recent days it’s actually made transferring GI Bill benefits easier than ever before for wounded warriors.
Active-duty troops who have earned a Purple Heart for wounds in combat are now allowed to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members whenever they want.
As of Sept. 5, there’s no more six-year waiting period or requirement that they serve in the military for an additional term — changes that have advocates for wounded warriors thanking the Pentagon and Defense Sec. Jim Mattis, a former Marine general.
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“This change is consistent with Sec. Mattis’ longtime support of our nation’s combat wounded,” René Bardorf, senior vice president of government and community relations at Wounded Warrior Project, said in an email.
DoD announced the new policies for wounded warriors in the face of blistering criticism of its new GI Bill transfer policy. That policy, announced in July, will end transfer eligibility for service members who have been in the military longer than 16 years, beginning next year. In addition, it immediately barred troops who were unable to sign on for another four years from transferring their benefits. This included service members who could not continue their military service for medical reasons.