10-12-12

Concurrent Receipt Update

Congress is scheduled to return the week of November 13, 2012, and will be working on the FY 2013 NDAA. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has indicated that he will offer a Senate floor amendment that seeks to authorize comprehensive concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans disability compensation for all disabled retirees, including those with less than 20 years of service who have been medically retired (Chapter 61).  The amendment is similar to Reid’s “The Retired Pay Restoration Act” (S. 344), introduced in February of 2011.

Shipmates are urged to use the Action Center to contact their elected officials on this important Senate amendment.

Budget challenges and Congressional gridlock notwithstanding, FRA-supported voncurrent receipt bills continue to gain co-sponsors. Current status of other concurrent receipt legislation is provided below:

  • H.R. 303 (Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Fla.) currently has 103 co-sponsors and proposes to eliminate the 10-year phase-in period for retirees with a disability rating of 50 to 90 percent and extends concurrent retirement and disability payment (CRDP) eligibility to retirees rated less than 50 percent.
  • H.R. 333 (Rep. Bishop Sanford, Ga.)now has 166 co-sponsors and includes elements of H.R. 303 and would additionally open CRDP to medically retired personnel with less than 20 years of service (so-called Chapter 61 retirees).
  • H.R. 186 (Rep. Joe Wilson, S.C.)currently has 35 co-sponsors and would benefit all Chapter 61 retirees who would become eligible for CRDP over a five-year period starting in January 2012.

These legislative proposals are also listed on the FRA Action Center.