Confused by Military Retired Pay reduction if VA compensation is awarded

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JCGALLAWA, Feb 17, 2011.


    JCGALLAWA Newbie

    My 91 year old wartime vet father receives a monthly annuity, which is a combination of his Navy retirement and civil service retirement (he receives no disability compensation). Under Part V (Military Retired/Severance Pay) on the 21-526 application form, it says "If you are awarded military retired pay prior to compensation, we will reduce your retired pay by the amount of any compensation that you are awarded." This doesn't make sense to me. If receiving the VA A & A benefit results in a reduction in his existing Navy retirement pay, why bother apply at all? It would seem that one would just cancel out the other, or am I hopefully just misunderstanding this part? Can someone please clear this up for me? How should we fill out this section of the application?

    JCGALLAWA Newbie

    I may have figured out the answer to my question. We are applying for pension benefits not compensation benefits. Part V (MILITARY RETIRED/SEVERANCE PAY) of the 21-526 for seems to have to do with only compensation benefits and not pension benefits. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could verify that this is correct. And, if so, should I check Box 25 that says "NO, I DO NOT WANT VA COMPENSATION IN LIEU OF MILITARY RETIRED PAY"? Or, does this section simply not apply at all since we are seeking pension benefits rather than compensation benefits?

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  3. vetadmin

    vetadmin Administrator Staff Member

    You are correct in your assumption. You are not filing for compensation. You are filing for Pension. On the section you question, put N/A.
  4. trusst

    trusst Newbie

    My body received physical damage from my military service that does not allow me to perform at 100% in a standard working atmosphere. unfortunately the man who handed me the form behind the counter explained to me, after I asked, to not check box 25 so that I receive all of my benefits. Now my retirement pay has been taken away in lieu of my disability and I was wondering how to reverse what happened because this is not what was explained to me?
  5. vetadmin

    vetadmin Administrator Staff Member

    I have sent you a private email to offer some assistance.

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