After reading many of the blogs on this form I feel blessed in that it took only eight months from start to receiving my letter of awarded disability. I’m a retired Marine MGySgt (E-9) served from 1968/1991. I was in both VietNam and Desert Storm. When Desert Storm ended and returned state side I put in my papers for retirement to be with my family more. I did not apply for any VA disability till just eight months ago and was awarded 100 percent service connected disability. No long war stories, at least for right now. What question I have I really didn’t find in the blogs. So here goes.
1.Just receiving my Award letter of disability, what’s next? Do I contact the VA for an appointment and have them go over everything with me and my wife?
2.Being retired and receiving my monthly mail box check does this go away and the VA disability comes in. From all the reading I done I believe I’m to get both due to the new law change. Is this right, both the retirement and VA disability? You talk to people and read “Stuff” but everyone has their own thoughts about the way it was and all the New Changes.
3.Is the VA disability tax exempt?
4.The disability letter stated the effective date is June, 2010. Will I receive the monthly awarded amount back from this date (back Pay)?
5.Any advice would be helpful.
Now a good word for our South Carolina VA. To have my package started and completed in eight months, I feel Blessed. My Medical Records and Service Records were “misplaced” “we can’t Find” along with array of other bogus excuses from those who were in trusted and paid to safeguard them. From all the crap I hear people giving the local VA’s about losing our records, it’s NOT THE VA’s fault. Check to those who are paid the keep your service records and safeguard them, the VA has to go to them for your records. Yes, I had to spend many hours personally tracking “Stuff” down but, wait one minute, for who’s benefit? During the whole eight month process I haven’t found one VA employee or volunteer not willing to help or work with me. What I have seen is a whole bunch of hard, over worked and yes, under paid people taking a lot of B.S. form others unwilling to help themselves. I know I’m going to catch hell for that but sorry, that’s just how I feel. The VA is there for us all but we have to help them too.
Thanks to all at the VA and this site.
1. You can be treated at the VA or via Tri-care or any combination. Your choice.
2. You will get your VA and CRDP. CRDP will replace part of all of your retirement. It will come from DFAS. If your disabilities are combat related, you can consider CRSC which is less, but is tax exempt and is only for combat related disabilities. You can choose CRDP or CRSC each year, and only get one. You pick the one that will give you the highest after tax income.
3. VA is tax exempt.
4. You will receive back pay to that date.
5. Ask and we will try to answer.
7. You may be eligible for SSDI if you are not receiving Social Security already. Receiving 100% from the VA is usually proof of SSDI disability.
Would Ischemic heart disease and Coronary artery disease associated with Agent Orange be a Combat related items? While in RVN we mix 55 gallon drums by hand, no gloves or protection. Put the old hand pumped fire fighting packs on our backs and walked around pumping and spraying everything. We also got dumped on several times in the bush.
Yes, Agent Orange is Combat related. We have spreadsheets to help calculate the values of each.
An approved link to Dave barkers website (I maintain it):
You will find CRSC and CRDP spreadsheets there. You can find info on the programs on the DFAS retirement web site.
I also have retired from the military and have received my letter of disability rating, 90% effective February 1, 2011. My retirement check is almost 2,000 a month and my disability is almost 1800 a month, will I get almost 3800 a month in two different checks?
When will I get backpay? in August when my first disability check is to come?
I am confused with all the changes.
Any clarification is appreciated.
I presume your retirement check is already being deposited into your bank account.
The award letter you received should have told you what your back payment will be as well as what your monthly entitlement is. You will get paid "back" to the effective date of 1 FEB 2011. The payments should be made directly to your bank account. There may be a separate deposit for the time period FEB - JUN as well as a separate JUL monthly payment. If you do online banking, check to see if there have been any "strange" deposits recently.
Your VA award letter with the Rating Decision attached will explain what has been done as well as effective dates. Be sure to read it carefully. You should review the letter with your VSO to clarify any issues.
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