Veterans receiving disability compensation are typically required to waive part of their retirement pay. Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments—CRDP for short—is a program created by Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) to help eligible veterans restore their military retirement compensation when it has been reduced to offset VA disability compensation.
The amount of pay a veteran could be eligible for will vary from case to case, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
- CRDP recipients will be paid no more than the full amount of waived retirement compensation or gross retirement compensation—whichever dollar amount is lower.
- For veterans who retired under Chapter 61—medical retirement—who also have retirement compensation based on a service-connected disability rating, the CRDP payment can’t exceed what your gross retirement pay would have been if based on your years of service.
- Veterans determined to be totally disabled under Individual Unemployability (TDIU) will be able to receive both full VA disability compensation and full retirement pay. If you are having a hard time getting the VA to approve a TDIU, consider working with a Dallas VA attorney to ease the process.
Usually, qualifying veterans will start receiving CRDP automatically, so there is no need to apply. If you have any questions, more information about CRDP can be obtained by from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service by calling 800-321-1080 or checking out the DFAS website.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.