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Military Retirement Benefits /Disability Retirement

Disability Programs Available to Veterans - VA, DoD and Social Security

How do I know what type of benefit to apply for? Are you a veteran with a disability wondering about what benefit to apply for? This can be a confusing puzzle. Here, we explain the two compensation systems for former military - VA and DoD - as well as Social Security Disability benefits. And we explain how these different benefit programs interact with each other. Military-Related benefit programs There are two distinct systems of disability com more...

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DOD Compensation & Benefits Handbook (for wounded, ill or injured service members and their families)

  The 2011 DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook is a quick reference guide for wounded, ill and injured Service members and their loved ones during rehabilitation to reintegration. This Handbook was designed to answer questions in the order in which they are most likely to arise, including chapter more...

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TRICARE - Health Care for Service Members and Others

Overview: Which Government Programs Provide Healthcare to Active Duty Military, Retirees and Veterans? TRICARE provides health coverage for active duty and retired service members, their families, and survivors. TRICARE is run by the Department of Defense (DoD). CHAMPVA is a VA health program. These two programs are often confused.  This confusion is made worse by the fact that TRICARE used to be called CHAMPUS.   In some cases veterans may look to be eligible for bo more...

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Benefits at Separation

How To Use This Chart This is a quick summary of several important benefits. The chart shows whether you may qualify, based on your discharge status. For more information, search for the ben more...

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Can I Receive Payments From the DoD and the VA for the Same Disability?

In short, probably not. The two programs usually offset each other. Thus, you may generally only receive benefits from one program. However, for some veterans there are exceptions.The DoD has two special programs designed to provide additional benefits to certain veterans who have lost their DoD Disability Compensation as a result of also receiving VA Disability Compensation: the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) prog more...

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