During his eight-year chairmanship, and as the ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller worked hard to make sure that military personnel who make a career of serving their country are not forced to subtract their VA service-connected disability benefits from their hard-earned retirement pay.
Senator Rockefeller fought for a successful provision to improve so-called "concurrent receipt" for many veterans, and he continues to fight to expand and improve concurrent receipt for all veterans.
The measure he supported authorizes all career military retirees with VA disability ratings of 50 percent or higher to have concurrent receipt phased in over a 10-year period. No application is necessary for the phase in, which started January 1, 2004. Each following year, until 2014, the payment amount increases by approximately 10 percent. By January 2014, these veterans and higher ratings will be entitled to full concurrent receipt of military retired pay and VA disability compensation.In addition, Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) was expanded to include all combat or hazardous duty disabilities from 10 percent to 100 percent, effective January 1, 2004. Retirees must apply to their parent service for CRSC payments, but there is no phase-in period for CRSC.