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Tax Center open

The III Corps and Fort Hood Tax Center is receiving clients for the new tax return season from now through April 16. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays, hours are extended, from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The tax center is closed on weekends, all federal holidays and III Corps training holidays.

Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 254-288-7995 or 254-287-3294.

The tax center is located in Bldg. 13, on 52nd Street (west of III Corps Headquarters).

Services are available to Soldiers, their Families and retirees.

Post 9/11 GI Bill transferability changing

Effective July 12, eligibility to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits to eligible Family members will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total service (active and/or selected reserves, as applicable).

The option to transfer is open to any member of the armed forces active duty or selected reserve, officer or enlisted, who is eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill, and meets the following criteria:

•    Has at least six years of service in the armed forces (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of approval and agrees to serve four additional years in the armed forces from the date of election.

•    Has at least 10 years of service in the armed forces (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of approval, is precluded by either standard policy (by service branch or Department of Defense) or statute from committing to four additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute

Previously, there were no restrictions on when a service member could transfer educational benefits to their family members. The provision, which requires that a service member to have at least six years of service to apply to transfer benefits, remains unchanged in the new policy.

All approvals for transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill continue to require a four-year commitment in the armed forces and, more importantly, the member must be eligible to be retained for four years from the date of election.

See an education counselor for more information. Counseling is offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. The Education Center is housed in the Soldier Development Center, Bldg. 33009, 761st Tank Battalion Ave.