GI Bill Offers Military Children Relief From College Costs

Uncle Sam's Gift to Military Children 2

Rajah Bose for The Chronicle

Morgan Ford raises chickens with her dad, Christopher, who served in the Air Force for 23 years. The GI Bill will enable her to be the first in the family to go to college.

As a new GI Bill moved through Congress in 2008, a handful of influential politicians grew concerned. Would such a generous education program trigger an exodus of service members during two wars? At the Pentagon's urging, the lawmakers proposed a fix: Give troops the option to transfer their benefits to a child or spouse.

That policy quickly proved to be one of the most popular provisions associated with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In 2009, when the law took effect, the Department of