Actually, there is no need to apply because the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) automatically add Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) benefits to the monthly compensation checks of eligible veterans—typically service people who’ve retired under one of the following stipulations:
- After 20 or more years of service
- Under Chapter 61
- Under Temporary Early Retirement Authority
- After 20 or more years in the National Guard and Reserve
If you aren’t receiving CRDP and believe that you should be, you can contact DFAS directly by calling its toll-free number: 888-332-7411. Veterans are also able to reach out to their branch of the military service:
- Air Force: The United States Air Force Personnel Center, 800-616-3775.
- Army: United States Army Human Resources Command, 888-276-9472.
- Navy and Marine Corps: Navel Council of Personnel Boards, 877-366-2772.
If it’s determined that you weren’t receiving CRDP when you should’ve been, you may receive a retroactive lump-sum check from either DFAS or VA to make up the difference.
If you have any problems in the process, consider enlisting the help of an experienced Dallas veterans’ attorney.
Are you receiving all the Dallas VA disability compensation you are entitled to? Don’t keep guessing—set up a no-cost consultation with Morgan & Weisbrod today. Call (214) 373-3761 or fill out the online form. Don’t wait another day.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.