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CONCURRENT RECEIPT Page 6  

Concurrent Receipt means to receive both military retirement benefits and VA disability compensation, and up until 2004 this was forbidden by law. To receive a VA disability compensation, disabled military retirees had to waive all or part of their military pay. The following is a summary of Concurrent Receipt:
Concurrent Receipt Overview
Benefits Update
Eligibility
The Value of the CRDP Benefit
The Application Process

As of 2004 this law changed so that qualified disabled military retirees will now get paid both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation. This recently passed law phases out (over 9 years) the VA disability offset, which means that military retirees with 20 or more years of service and a 50% (or higher) VA rated disability will no longer have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disability compensation.

Unlike the Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC), full concurrent receipt will be phased-in over the coming years (except as noted above). This means that if you qualify you will see your retirement pay increase by approximately ten percent each year until the phase-in is complete in 2014.

According to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Concurrent Receipt is now officially referred to as "Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay" (CRDP).

Benefits Update: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2005 eliminated the 9 year phase in for full concurrent receipt payments to eligible retirees rated at 100% disabled by the VA, as of January 1, 2005.

Eligibility:
To qualify for concurrent receipt you must:
  • Be a Military Retiree with 20 or more years of service, including:

  • Chapter 61 Medical Retirees with 20 years or more.

  • National Guard and Reserve with 20 or more good years.

  • Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) Retirees may also be eligible.

  • Have a Service Related VA disability rating of 50% or higher.

  • Click here for the exact wording of this new law.

    The Value of the CRDP Benefit:
    In January of 2004 "qualified retiree's" started receiving the monthly retirement increase. The following table is a sampling of approximately how much extra you may get each month over the next 3 years and the final full concurrent pay for 2014, based on your VA disability rating.


    *Note 1: These forecasted amounts are an estimation and do not necessarily reflect the annual cost of living adjustments.

    It is also important to note that the amount you receive cannot exceed the amount of your actual military retirement pay.
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