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Congress' Next Big Vets Issue: Fixing Disability & Retirement Pay

In 2022 Congress passed a landmark benefits expansion for veterans through the PACT Act.

Now, Veterans advocates are pushing lawmakers to tackle the next big Veterans issue — making sure all those Veterans actually get everything they are owed.


Disability and retirement pay for veterans throughout the country has been a long-standing issue. The current framework for providing veterans with financial support has been in place for quite some time and is ripe for review. By getting Congress to address this, Veterans will hopefully see changes in the coming years that will improve their ability to receive adequate and timely monetary support.


While the disability/retirement pay issue isn't necessarily new, past attempts to enact changes have not been successful. However Veterans groups are feeling more optimistic now following the recent passage of the PACT Act.


More via Military Times:

Since 2004, veterans who have a disability rating of at least 50% have received their full military retirement pay and disability benefits, a combined total that can amount to several thousand dollars each month. But veterans who have a disability rating of less than 50% are subject to dollar-for-dollar offsets. That can mean a loss of several hundred dollars a month for some individuals. Wounded Warrior officials estimate that as many as 50,000 medical retirees nationwide are hurt by the current policy. Those veterans were forced out of the service early by a significant injury and may have limited job options in the civilian business sector as a result. “For someone who was injured and really hasn’t had the ability to gain significant employment or financial income, that additional money is very significant for them and their family,” Ramos said. The Major Richard Star Act — named for an Army veteran who died in 2021 of cancer related to burn pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan — would allow combat-wounded veterans medically discharged before serving 20 years to receive both retirement and disability pay, without any offsets.

The hope is that Congress will pass legislation that will result in much-needed reform in the field of veterans' disability and retirement pay. If successful, eligible veterans may soon see improvements in the way they receive their financial support which could help them to better care for themselves and their families.


Veterans should stay tuned for further developments and potential changes in the near future.

12 Comments


dandmcasas1
Jan 04

Who is it that might take up the issue of the DIC benefit for spouses of deceased disabled veterans ?

Maybe if this person heard from many of us, it might get a response, and some action.

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438sylviae
Nov 25, 2023

I am 80 years old and the widow of a veteran- can aI get any financial assistance?

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438sylviae
Nov 25, 2023

My husband was a veteran but Covid took his life- can I as his widow receive anything

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rnlough832
May 26, 2023

I agree with these comments. I am 75 years old and receive 50% disability, but according to the statement in this newsletter I could be/ should be receiving full retirement benefits and pay. Is this true?

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City Child Christina
City Child Christina
Aug 20, 2023
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My husband has 80% and he doesn't get full retirement benefits. All he gets is 80% and his SSD.

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Stewart Matthews
Stewart Matthews
May 24, 2023

I believe any service connected veteran who has over 50% disability should not be subject to property tax on things like vehicles and any veteran under that 50% be discounted, no matter what the state of residency is!!!

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