Retirement and VA disability


Q: I am retired active-duty military with 21 years and drawing military retirement. I also receive a Veterans Affairs disability payment with a 50 percent rating falling under CRDP rules. I have 15 years of civilian government employment under FERS and also made the deposit for my 21 years of active duty. When I retire under FERS, waive my military retirement and end up with 42 years of FERS, will I lose the VA payment or will I be able to keep it?

A: You’ll be able to continue receiving your VA payment.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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