Good luck. The processing times seem to vary between the services and the Army has the largest number of claims/applications to process each month.Since my retirement is effective today, I just submitted my CRSC application....let the waiting begin.
7 April 2021: CRSC Application submitted
In order to qualify for CRSC, which replaces some or all of waived/reduced retired pay, one must elect to waive retired pay dollar for dollar in the amount of VA compensation received. This is normally accomplished by NOT checking a certain box on the VA compensation claim form.7 April 2021: CRSC Application submitted
8 April 2021: Email acknowledging receipt of packet
12 April 2021: Kicked back due to not having an established DFAS account, Not having a Waiver on file (I don't understand this)
Those MSC's don't really explain filling forms out correctly I guess.The election to receive VA comp is made on the VA claim form. Block 26 should NOT be checked, (If you do want VA comp.)
VA Form 526EZ Sep 2019
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON MILITARY RETIRED PAY (Includes all Uniformed Services Retired Pay): Submission of this application constitutes a waiver of military retired pay in an amount equal to VA compensation awarded, if you are entitled to both benefits. Your retired pay may be reduced by the amount of VA compensation awarded. Receipt of the full amount of military retired pay and VA compensation at the same time may result in an overpayment, which maybe subject to collection. If you qualify for concurrent receipt of VA compensation and military retired pay, the waiver of retired pay will not apply. If you do not want to waive any retired pay to receive VA compensation, you should check the box in Item 26. Note that if you check the box in Item 26, you will not receive VA compensation, if granted. If you are currently in receipt of VA compensation and you check the box in Item 26, your VA compensation will be terminated, if you are also eligible for military retired pay. IMPORTANT: VA COMPENSATION PAY IS NON-TAXABLE. THEREFORE, VA COMPENSATION PAY MAY BE THE GREATER BENEFIT.
If one wants to receive VA compensation, Block 26 should NOT be checked.
Over several years, I have seen many cases where a veteran inadvertently checked block 26 even though their intention was to receive VA comp.
One of the most common misunderstandings is the thought that one has a choice between receiving military retired pay OR VA compensation.Those MSC's don't really explain filling forms out correctly I guess.