Military retirees with a service-connected disability of at least 50 percent (as rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)) are able to concurrently receive all of their military retirement pay and all of their VA disability compensation without offset. Unfortunately, those with disabilities rated below 50 percent still lose one retirement dollar for each compensation dollar received from the VA. Additionally, those retirees whose careers terminated due to medical conditions, are not eligible for concurrent receipt at all. It is time to correct this unfair situation.
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., D-GA., has introduced H.R. 333, the "Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act," which would provide full concurrent receipt for all military retirees having a service connected disability rating (including those who have been medically retired)-regardless of their VA disability rating level.
AFSA members should contact their representatives to urge support of this important legislation.