VA Services and Retirement
Consolidate retirement and disability compensations programs
Until 2003, it was not possible for retirees to receive both full retirement benefits and disability compensation; instead, they had to choose between DOD retirement annuity or VA disability benefits. However, two classes of retirees -- those with combat-related disabilities and those who retire with at least 20 years of military service and receive a VA disability rating of at least 50 percent -- have since been receiving combat-related special compensation (CRSC) or concurrent retirement and disability pay (CRDP), respectively. These payments make up for the difference in the VA offset. Ending these payments would more accurately reflect the intent of the original legislation while avoiding duplicative payments and saving billions.