- Posted October 16, 2012 by
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Final presidential debate: Unanswered questions
Concurrent Receipt of Disability Pay for Military Retirees.
In past several presidential administrations, Congress and past administrations have not granted full concurrent receipt of military retirement and disability pay. Those who have combat-related disabilities are entitled to full concurrent receipt and many retirees with non-combat related disabilities must sacrifice a portion of their hard-earned military pay for an equal amount of VA disability pay.
Career military-service members earn their retired pay by faithful service alone to our country, and those unfortunate enough to suffer a service-caused disability in the process should have their respective VA disability compensation from the VA added to, not subtracted from their service-earned military retired pay. There should not be any difference between members disabled for combat- vs. non-combat-related disability causes, as the impact on our quality of life and earning power in the outlying years is the same in either case.
What action, if any, would either candidate take to support full concurrent receipt of military retirement and disability pay if they support such a position?