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Concurrent Receipt

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I see that there are several bills that have been introduced in Congress to eliminate Concurrent Receipt of retired pay and VA compensation. Does anyone have any insight as to the chances of concurrent receipt being taken away from us?

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Bills like this are introduced often by members who are budget hawks, have a beef against veterans, or probably both. Most politicians do not want to be tagged as anti-veteran. Since CRDP went into effect quite a few years ago, nobody has been able to get rid it of. It is possible that these efforts could be successful at some point, but nobody knows when or if it would ever occur.

The Congressional Budget Office typically includes CRDP as a chopping block item in their cost saving reports. But one thing the pencil neck bean counters fail to realize is that military retirement pay is an earned benefit of service. VA disability pay is also a completely separate benefit unique to veterans. The bean counters try to rub their sticks together and whine about it being the same, but they are truly two different things. Although I am not a retiree, I wholeheartedly believe that forcing a retired veteran to have a 50% or higher rating to qualify is a ripoff. The right thing to do is for a law to be passed that all retirement and disability can be collected regardless. The second thing they need to do is pass a law that bans the CBO from including CRDP on the chopping block recommendations.

I hope this helps.

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