A great benefit to service members, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals with discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Recently, reports from the Veteran Affairs Department have stated that the number of spouses and children of service members using the bill is rapidly on the rise. This news is encouraging because of the opportunities it allows for families to receive an education without the burden of debt piling up.
The number of spouses using Post-9/11 benefits increased nearly 70% from last year while use by children of military members increased by more than 13%. To transfer benefits, a service member must have at least six years in the armed forces and agree to serve another four. Service members have access to an assortment of tools provided by the military to obtain an education.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is unique in its ability to give families a chance to receive an education together. A family that learns together grows together.