Military buyback, military retirement pay and VA disability pay


Q. I retired from the Navy with 20 years of active duty and receive both military retirement pay and Veterans Affairs Department disability pay. For the past four years, I have been working for the federal government under FERS. I want to make a deposit for my years of active-duty service and waive my military retired pay when I retire. When I make the deposit, will it stop my military pay and VA disability pay?

A. Making a deposit won’t stop either. You’ll only have to waive your military retired pay when you retire from your civilian job. To the best of our knowledge, you won’t ever have to waive your VA disability pay.


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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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