PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - April / May 2017

          Follow-up:  “Under Attack:  Concurrent Receipt of Retirement Pay and Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans.”  In the January Border Bulletin I reported on the threat of Option 11 under the Mandatory Spending section of the Congressional Budget Office Reduction Options – a section entitled, “Eliminate Concurrent Receipt of Retirement Pay and Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans.”  Since January MOAA has continued to lead the effort to end Disability Offset and pursue full concurrent receipt of both service-earned military retired pay and VA Disability Compensation.  MOAA has continued to work with Congress to get the authority for concurrent receipt greatly expanded, eliminating the offset for retirees with non-combat disabilities rated at 50 percent or higher.  The Director of Policy and Advocacy for Currently Serving and Retired Affairs, COL Mike Barron, USA (Ret) stated, “even though we still have more to do, this ranks as one of MOAA’s most important legislative achievements.” 

MOAA National continues to pursue plans to phase out the Disability Offset for all disabled retired service members.  In the close fight, MOAA’s initial priority remains to end the offset for those “who were prevented from serving twenty years solely because they became severely disabled in service.”  To date, companion Concurrent Receipt Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress.  H.R. 333, The Disabled Veteran’s Tax Termination Act, and H.R 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act have both been introduced to permit retirees with disability ratings of less than 50 percent to receive full concurrent receipt.  H.R 333 also targets support for Chapter 61 retirees with less than twenty years of service.  In the Senate, S.66 the Retired Pay Restoration Act, was also introduced.  
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