You mean this one?
Yes Dave, or this one:
I just spent over an hour on the phone with DFAS, 1-877-327-4457. I talked to Dennis Brown. Very knowledgeable man! I recommend that everyone call and see if you can talk to him!
He told me more about my situation than the VA or other calls to DFAS. For starters; I was due CRDP from Nov 06 to date. Still don’t receive it… yet. Also, since my CRSC is lower than CRDP rating I will only get CRDP. I only applied for CRSC so kind of surprised about that. I remembered the automatic CRDP payment, (after getting rated 50% or more), but had for gotten about it until Dennis reminded me! The VA also has not paid me for my dependents, so I’m being paid at “Vet rate only”. Calling my DAV rep today about that since I did fill out the paperwork for them, SSN#, names, location.
Thank you, SGM Pierce, Dave M, Dave Barker…!!!
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Ok, will the VA honor the first day I applied for disability, which was back in '03 and pay me from then or will they give me some BS excuse and begin paying from the day I am approve? If I am approve! If not, then what steps can one take to counter this? Thank you.
Greetings and special blessings.
The VA should give you back pay if you are not retired military, if you are retired, the back pay will be based on the phase in period.
I was just reading about one person who was approved back to 2003 for 30%, he said he received all of his back pay from the VA. I went looking for it again, but could not find it.
If you are not approved, you can do several appeals all the way to the big appeals board in Washington, DC. I would think by this time that you have already done several appeals.
Just make sure you keep good records and do a lot of reading on these forums. Listen to what Dave Barker and Dave M. tells people to say when they go see the doctor.
I trust this helps some. It took me 4 years to get to 100% IU.
May God richly bless and keep you.
In His Service,
The date is the date that they received your claim. I was just looking at mine, and it was approved Sept 1, but effective April 1.
If you are not approved, and it has been a while so lets talk about where the claim is, then you can file a NOD - Notice of Disagreement, which is an appeal.
What is the status of a 4 or 5 year old claims? Have you received a decision and appealed (NOD)?
The day they recieve my claim was back in August '03. So I will be celebrating my 5 year battle in August. I will be having a party at my place. All of you are invited. If you can please DON'T bring any presents. Thank you. But seroiusly, last year september I asked to change from a hearing to a DRO decision once again. Hopefully, it doesn't take another 5 years to come to a decision. And trust me. I HAVE ALL THE EVIDENCE SINCE DAY ONE. THE EVIDENCE WAS SELF-EVIDENT IN MY RECORDS. But hey!! That the game the VA plays.
I have no way of knowing when you retired but, unless I'm mistaken, High Year of Tenure for a TSgt was 20 years (CAP). I might be incorrect in that HYT for an E6 might be 23 years.
However. a TSgt retiring with 20 years in 2008, would receive $1613 retirement monthly (Some less with the final 3 year program. Ive been retired long enough to not know about that).
A CMSgt retiring at 30 years would receive 75% of $5678, or $4458 monthly. You figure the difference, adjust for the year of retirement.
I've been reading all this on back pay and I'm still confused. I will try and explain how my VA Decision papers read.
Nov 1, 2006 Award granted for increased evaluation for service connected compensation. Monthly amount: $2,813.00
Dec 1, 2006 Cost of living increase Monthly amount: $2,905.00
What I need to know is:
They owe me from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. I figure that is $34,860.00
Now if I take away the $11,808.00 (984.00 X 12 months) I was paid by the VA it goes to: $23,052.00
(my math may be a little off)
Now how does my army retirement pay into this. I have been drawing crdp for being over 60%.
Do I subtract my army retired pay from this or just the cdrp amount.
Hope you can understand this and help me out.
I think you will subtract your retired pay from the total rather than your CRDP. You were receiving the retired pay since you were only getting $984.00 a month from the VA. I am sure that your VA is much more than your retired pay.
The back pay can not be more than your retired pay that the VA is taking from you.
This back pay is very hard to figure. I still do not understand it all the way. Now, mine for example is real simple to figure. I will get back all that the VA took from me in the Waivers each year, back to Jan 05. So that is a number that is right on the RAS and since my retired pay is more than my VA this helps to keep it simple also.
I trust I have said something that has helped you.
May God richly bless and keep you and your family.
In His Service,
Sheesh, you guys could confuse Einstein (ROFLMAO). Thanks for the number of whomever at DFAS. That helps some.
I have two questions. One is that while almost saying so, don't all of the VA computations subtract CRDP if you're retired? I went from 20% to 70%. Got backpay minus CRDP. The Retiree Account statement says my CRDP is $949, VA Waiver amount is $303 equaling my VA DP of $1252. But my retirement pay is - the $303 because of the prorata % schedule. OK I got all that but...IRS told me that we (individuals) deal on a cash basis for taxes, so even though the award went back to 1/1/07, I didn't need to file amended for the VA DP. But the notion that the CRDP may have reduced my actual retired pay?
I would say to the guy that wasn't getting paid for his dependents to do two things. One go back and check his original 526 to see what he put in section 13 Dependency, if you did it on VONAPP, and if you submitted a 21-686c. You have a year after award to do so. Also please look at 38 CFR 501, section 5110(b)(1)(2)(3) which says you are owed back to the date of award.
I went back and read some of these post and called the number that Grover had posted...well I will be getting my back pay direct deposit within the next 2 weeks...The person I spoke to couldn't tell me how much because my paperwork was out being signed off on...so in 2 weeks I'll be able to go to OutBack and lay off the fried balonga...lol...Sgt D
I read this entire thread and was amazed at how complicated all this can be.
I had a claim back to April 05 and finally was awarded 100% IU in April 08. I received an initial lump sum from the VA which I believe is below 50% of what they owed me. After almost a year I emailed my Congressman, who happens to be the chairman of the Armed Services Commitee, and the results so far are:
I received a back pay from DFAS but not entirely sure it was accurate.
I'm waiting for an additional back pay from the VA based on what DFAS has computed.
My Point: We were trained/led to believe that we should never contact political offices while in the military. Well we are not in that role anymore. So I emailed my Congressman and so far have received excellent results within a few weeks.
My recommendations who all who are having trouble with the VA and DFAS retro payment, contact your elected officials and see what they can do for you.
It's about time we started taking care of ourselves, rather than relying on other service organizations, i.e. DAV. In the MO area, my money is with VFW.
Capt, USAF Retired 1984
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