YUBA CITY – Eric Bufford is a proud American who served in the United States Army for 11 years as a maintenance engineer.
As part of the post-9/11 G.I. bill, Bufford has education benefits, but he's not using them. So he thought he could transfer the unused benefits to his 18-year-old daughter, Katelynn, which is allowed. Some veterans can transfer their unused benefits to their spouse or children.
But Bufford falls into an eight-year gap created by the bill.
As the law is written, veterans who served more than 90 days after 9/11 are eligible for education benefits, but if one left the service before August 2009, the benefits cannot be transferred.
"Obviously we found a loophole that should be closed," Bufford said. "I wouldn't say I feel cheated, I would say it just needs to be corrected."