PDBR retroactive payment to the time of separation?

Airman2378

Registered Member
#41
I have some questions regarding retroactive pay. I was medically separated in June of 2005. I was awarded disability at 30 percent from the V.A. In 2009 and then it was upgraded to 60 percent in 2014 for service connected issues. I was separated with a lump sum payout which was then recouped from my V.A. Disability Pay monthly until it was repaid. I recently received my letter stating that my medical separation will be upgraded from separated to medically retired. If my current VA disability pay is greater than my medically retired disability pay rate, am I correct in assuming that there would be no retro pay? Shouldn’t I at least be entitled to the money that was recouped (my original settlement)?
 

eps17

PEB Forum Veteran
#42
Your severance pay was repaid out of your VA pay. Therefore DFAS does in fact owe you the difference in retirement pay. Without CRSC or CRDP it is entirely possible that your VA pay exceeded what DFAS would have given you. Under 20 years you only get one or the other, not both, without CRSC as it currently stands.

Example: If your DFAS retired pay was $500 but your VA disability pay was $1000 they wouldn't owe you anything since you're already being paid the higher of the two.

The severance pay is a curve ball and for some reason I can't recall how that plays out at the moment. Hopefully someone else will get on here with more info to answer your question.
 

Perci75

Registered Member
#43
Great information! Similar question on my part.

I just received my letter stating I will now be retired from the Air Force. My rating went from 10% to 30%. My VA rating is also 10%. Still have about $12,000 or so in severance to pay back.

Will the VA automatically meet the 30% disability rating given by the military now?

Assuming the question above is true and I elect to take VA comp, I would assume the backpay would offset my current severance owed + pay extra amount?
 

TDWilliams

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#44
First, about the back pay, there is a lot that goes into it. I will try an example the best I can from DFAS this morning the Rep gave me the info on that.

-What is the date of separation on your orders? (This determines the date of when your retirement pay will start if your date, for example, is Jan 2007, then the backpay could start there)

-Is your VA rating higher than you Miltary rating? (For example, if your VA rating at separation was 50% and your military rating was 30%, you will not receive anything.)

-If not, when did it increase? (at separation your VA rating was 10% (your military is 30%) and didn't increase for a couple of years, then you would get back pay up until the VA rating increased

-Did you collect severance? If so, did you pay it? (if you still owe severance, that will be recouped first)

For me, I was separated @ 20% in Jan 2007, I received a severance. That severance has been paid in full as of Dec 2017. I am now at 90% as of 2015. I will be awarded retro pay from 2007 until 2015. That is only if my orders state that my retirement is from date of separation.

I hope this helps you and anyone else.

This info was given me to this morning by a DFAS rep.


-from my post earlier.
 
#45
First, about the back pay, there is a lot that goes into it. I will try an example the best I can from DFAS this morning the Rep gave me the info on that.

-What is the date of separation on your orders? (This determines the date of when your retirement pay will start if your date, for example, is Jan 2007, then the backpay could start there)

-Is your VA rating higher than you Miltary rating? (For example, if your VA rating at separation was 50% and your military rating was 30%, you will not receive anything.)

-If not, when did it increase? (at separation your VA rating was 10% (your military is 30%) and didn't increase for a couple of years, then you would get back pay up until the VA rating increased

-Did you collect severance? If so, did you pay it? (if you still owe severance, that will be recouped first)

For me, I was separated @ 20% in Jan 2007, I received a severance. That severance has been paid in full as of Dec 2017. I am now at 90% as of 2015. I will be awarded retro pay from 2007 until 2015. That is only if my orders state that my retirement is from date of separation.

I hope this helps you and anyone else.

This info was given me to this morning by a DFAS rep.


-from my post earlier.
Thanks for the info. Looks like most of the questions were answered. I guess the VA rating will go up to 30% now my military rating has gone up. My VA rating never changed and was always 10%.
 
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