Concurrent Receipt Update
Unlike the previous two years,
the Obama Administration did not seek funding for concurrent receipt
improvements in its FY 2012 budget request, but several lawmakers are
working to expand eligibility for the concurrent receipt of military
retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, without
Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.),
chairman of the House Military Personnel Subcommittee, introduced
legislation (H.R. 186) that expands concurrent receipt for service
members who were medically retired with less than 20 years of service.
The measure is similar to the Administration’s proposal from last
year and seeks to phase in the benefit enhancements for these so-called
Chapter 61 retirees over a five-year period. In 2008, Congress
voted to expand eligibility for Combat-Related Special Compensation
(CRSC) coverage to Chapter 61 retirees and this new initiative would, in
effect, extend eligibility for Concurrent Retirement and Disability
Pay (CRDP) to all Chapter 61 retirees over five years.
Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.), ranking member of the House Military
Construction and Veteran’s Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and
co-chair of the Military Families Caucus, also introduced a bill (H.R.
333) that will eliminate the restrictions that currently prevent many
disabled retirees from concurrently receiving their full military
retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation. “The
Disabled Veteran Tax Termination Act” seeks to provide
concurrent receipt of both earned benefits for retirees who are rated
less than 50-percent disabled; eliminate the existing phase-in period
for concurrent receipt; and extend concurrent receipt eligibility to
Chapter 61 (medically retired) retirees with less than 20 years of
service who are receiving CRDP.
Additionally Rep. Gus Bilikaris (Fla.) introduced the “Retired
Pay Restoration Act” (H.R. 303) that provides current receipt for
retirees with a disability rating of 50 percent or less and receiving
FRA encourages shipmates to
contact their elected officials to ask their support for all three bills
through the Action Center.