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Concurrent Receipt of Military Retired Pay and Veteran Disability: Background and Issues for Congress

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Technical Report

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Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress Washington United States

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Concurrent receipt in the military context typically means simultaneously receiving two types of federal monetary benefits military retired pay from the Department of Defense DOD and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs VA. Prior to 2004, existing laws and regulations dictated that a military retiree could not receive two payments from federal agencies for the same purpose military retired pay and VA disability compensation were considered to fall under that restriction. As a result, military retirees with physical disabilities recognized by the VA had their taxable military retired pay offset, or reduced dollar-for-dollar, by the amount of their nontaxable VA compensation. Legislative activity on the issue of concurrent receipt began in the late 1980s and culminated in the provision for Combat-Related Special Compensation CRSC in the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 P.L. 107-314. Since then, Congress has added Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments CRDP for those retirees with a disability rated at 50 or greater, extended concurrent receipt to additional eligible populations, and further refined and clarified the program.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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