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JRod79

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Since my retirement is effective today, I just submitted my CRSC application....let the waiting begin.


7 April 2021: CRSC Application submitted
 

RonG

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Since my retirement is effective today, I just submitted my CRSC application....let the waiting begin.


7 April 2021: CRSC Application submitted
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.

I have not kept up with wait times in recent years; however, at one point the Army was consistently processing the claims within six months. It is a moving target so lookin at the timelines of others who have posted on this board might be helpful.

Ron
 
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JRod79

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7 April 2021: CRSC Application submitted
8 April 2021: Email acknowledging receipt of packet
 

JRod79

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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)
 

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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)
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.

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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.)

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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.
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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.

Ron
 

JRod79

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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.)

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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.
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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.

Ron
Those MSC's don't really explain filling forms out correctly I guess.
 

RonG

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Those MSC's don't really explain filling forms out correctly I guess.
One of the most common misunderstandings is the thought that one has a choice between receiving military retired pay OR VA compensation.

The actual choice is whether to agree to waive retired pay dollar for dollar in the amount of VA compensation received. The selection to receive VA compensation does not always result in full waiver of retired pay. They retiree gets to keep any left over retired pay after the VA offset.

If you were guided to a selection of NOT agreeing to waive retired pay, that selection can be changed.

My opinion: It is always best to select VA comp. It is non-taxable and one does not lose the amount of retired pay that is in excess of the amount waived/reduced by the VA comp amount.

Ron
 

JRod79

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Will be looking to submit my CRSC application for a second time today, hopefully all goes well this time.
 
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