Hello Marine Corps Veteran here I received my award letter in the mail the other day. I was rated at 50% PTSD. The letter is dated June 20, 2011. My payment Start Date is May 1, 2010. I called the VA and spoke to a rep. She was very helpful, and described everything to me. She told me I would be getting back pay, how long does that take to receive back pay, and can I expect my regular payments to begin on the 1st of July. Should I expect my regular 50% check on or around the 1st, or should I just expect the back pay for now.Or should I expect both checks Hope this question makes sense
In years past it was 15 days after the date of the award letter. With direct deposit it became sometimes the same day of the award letter being sent, thus the money hit the bank account before the VA award letter arrived in the mail.
Good luck to you!
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My back pay when I went from 60 to 90 percent (13 month wait for decision) was received three days after I received the award letter. Had to read that sucker several times to understand exactly what they were computing! I do have direct deposit and was very pleasantly surprised when I checked my balance nline the next week.
Payments are made by of direct deposit on the 1st of the month, or the last business day if the 1st is on a weekend or holiday. All veterans receiving payments are going to be required direct deposit in the near future.
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i have a few questions today received my award letter today it says i will receive first payment in 15 days so what if i never set up a direct deposit will send check or should i go set that up??? Also if my payment start date is dec 1 2010 do they back pay from there in 15 days at my monthly entitlement amount???
Hi, did you receive your pay??? I am in a similar situation. Retired 1 May, 2011, received award letter 22 June, 2011. Waited for money on 1 July, 2011, nothing. Called VA 3x and the first 2 answers I received were that I wouldn't receive back pay and that my first payment date would 1 Aug, 2011. They said the VA pays one month late. Long story short their answers made no sense. No matter how the VA pays I was still a veteran in May and June and was missing those 2 payments. Well, come 1 Aug, 2011 I received one monthly payment via direct deposit. I called VA one more time and finally spoke to someone that understood my situation. She said May and June are withheld while my paperwork is reviewed by DFAS to avoid errors in overpayment. She said that takes about 45 days from the date the file was closed to complete and that I should see May and June payments very soon because my close date was 16 June, 2011. So, now I just sit and wait and check Ebenefits daily and still nothing.
Thanks for the reply Dave. Mine is retired with CRDP. My retired pay had a VA waiver for 1 July and then again on 1 Aug. So when will I see May and June VA payments? Another question, do they go back to the date the pw was filed??? I filed pre-separation back in January. That's another rumor I have heard. So many unknowns, sigh!
I got my award letter 4 Aug.and rated 50%. They said back is pending, today 8 Aug I got the back.It was for only 9 months of back pay. But I have been trying to get SC for more than 2 years. But all helps now. Not complaining