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Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) Overview

Until 2004, it was against the law to receive both military retirement benefits and VA disability compensation. If a disable military retiree wished to receive VA disability compensation, they were required to waive all or part of their military retirement pay. A recently passed law phases out the VA disability offset, with full concurrent receipt completely in effect in 2014.

Now, military retirees with 20 or more years of service and a 50% (or higher) VA rated disability will not have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disability compensation. As the phase-in takes effect, qualified retirees will see their retirement pay increase by approximately ten percent each year until 2014.

Qualifications for Concurrent Receipt:
  • 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. (Once they turn 60 and begin drawing a retirement check)
    • Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) Retirees may also be eligible.
  • Have a Service Related VA disability rating of 50% or higher

A 2008 update allowed members who were rated less than 100 percent; but rated 100 percent disabled by the VA under the unemployability code (UI) will now receive CRDP.

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