Disability pay for retired military. (Loud & Clear).
Guy E. Lively, Major, USA (Ret), Canal Winchester, Ohio
* I served in the Armed Forces, which guarded my country and our way of life, and I was prepared to give my life in their defense. Now retired, I am looking for our elected officials to provide some meaningful legislation that would benefit my comrades and me. However, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) do not support us. Currently, the Pay Restoration Act of 2001 has 72 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate (S 170), and 363 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives (HR 303). Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Congressman Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) are the respective sponsors of these bills. This bill would allow me and countless other retired career military veterans to collect both our service-connected VA disability compensation and earned military retirement pay concurrently, without an offset from either. At present, my disability payment from the government is subtracted from my retirement check. Is this fair? No, not when other federal employees can receive both a VA disability check and a full retirement from their federal government jobs. The disabled military retiree is the only class of federal retiree required to forfeit a dollar-for-dollar amount of military retirement to receive VA disability. At present this means that most enlisted and some warrant officer retirees who are disabled to 100%, lose their entire 20-year retirement. They effectively worked 20 or more years for zero dollars. Some politicians are just tike diapers-they need to be changed on a regular basis, and for the same reason.
Michael H. Oklak, US Army (Ret), South Bend, Indiana
roberto d. mangohig (Member): DISABILITY PERCENTAGE 2/6/2010 11:58 AM
i RETIRED 20 years from the United States Navy and at present receiving 70% service connected Disability due to Diabetes,PLUS SEVERE HEARING and Back problem.My QUESTION is WHY MY CLAIM for DISABILITY percentage increase is ALWAYS DENIED by this VA in Los Angeles.I know a lot of Veterans who is receiving 100%disability benefits that had LESS PROBLEM than myself.I am INJECTING insulin 4xday and I felt my EARS had his OWN airport.Please ADVICE