Support Military Retirees From Paying For Their Own Disabilities

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On January 19, 2017, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL) introduced H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act. This bill would end the unfair policy of forcing many military
longevity retirees to forfeit some of their retired pay in order to receive equal amounts of disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The effect of this policy means military retirees are paying for their own disability with their .earned military retired pay. This unfair policy has adversely impacted disabled veterans and their families and was partially repealed by Congress in
2004. Under current law, disabled veterans with 20-plus years of active military

Under current law, disabled veterans with 20-plus years of active military
service who are also in receipt of a VA disability determination of 50 percent or higher may retain both military retirement pay and their VA compensation.
In line with DAV resolution 110, adopted at the most recent National Convention
assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, July 31-August 3, 2016. We support the Retired Pay
Restoration Act. H.R. 303, which would end the longstanding and unfair practice of the government's withholding of military longevity retired pay in exchange for VA
disability compensation, regardless of disability rating. I believe what is unfair for
a veteran rated 50 percent disabled or higher by the VA is equally unfair for a disabled veteran rated 40 percent disabled or lower. We Disabled military longevity retirees should not be unfairly penalized by the government for any reason.



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