H.R. 303: Retired Pay Restoration Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jan 15, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 303

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 15, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Retired Pay Restoration Act .

2.

Findings and sense of Congress

(a)

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

For more than 100 years before 1999, all disabled military retirees were required to fund their own veterans’ disability compensation by forfeiting one dollar of earned retired pay for each dollar received in veterans’ disability compensation.

(2)

Since 1999, Congress has enacted legislation to progressively expand eligibility criteria for relief of the retired pay disability offset and reduce the burden of financial sacrifice on disabled military retirees.

(3)

Absent adequate funding to eliminate the sacrifice for all disabled retirees, Congress has given initial priority to easing financial inequities for the most severely disabled and for combat-disabled retirees.

(4)

In the interest of maximizing eligibility within cost constraints, Congress effectively has authorized full concurrent receipt for all qualifying retirees with 100-percent disability ratings and all qualifying retirees with combat-related disability ratings, while phasing out the disability offset to retired pay over 10 years for retired members with noncombat-related, service-connected disability ratings of 50 percent to 90 percent.

(5)

In pursuing these good-faith efforts, Congress acknowledges the regrettable necessity of creating new thresholds of eligibility that understandably are disappointing to disabled retirees who fall short of meeting those new thresholds.

(6)

Congress is not content with the status quo.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that military retired pay earned by service and sacrifice in defending the United States should not be reduced because a military retiree is also eligible for veterans’ disability compensation awarded for service-connected disability.

3.

Eligibility for payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation for certain additional military retirees with compensable service-connected disabilities

(a)

Extension of Concurrent Receipt Authority to Retirees With Service-Connected Disabilities Rated Less Than 50 Percent

Subsection (a) of section 1414 of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking Compensation in the subsection heading and all that follows through Subject and inserting Compensation.—Subject; and

(2)

by striking paragraph (2).

(b)

Repeal of Phase-In of Concurrent Receipt of Retired Pay and Veterans’ Disability Compensation

Such section is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), as amended by subsection (a) of this section, by striking the final sentence;

(2)

by striking subsection (c) and redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (c) and (d), respectively; and

(3)

in subsection (d), as so redesignated, by striking paragraphs (3) and (4).

(c)

Clerical Amendments

(1)

Section heading

The heading for section 1414 of such title is amended to read as follows:

1414.

Members eligible for retired pay who are also eligible for veterans’ disability compensation: concurrent payment of retired pay and disability compensation

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(2)

Table of sections

The item relating to such section in the table of sections at the beginning of chapter 71 of such title is amended to read as follows:

1414. Members eligible for retired pay who are also eligible for veterans’ disability compensation: concurrent payment of retired pay and disability compensation.

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(d)

Effective Date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect as of January 1, 2014, and shall apply to payments for months beginning on or after that date.

4.

Coordination of service eligibility for combat-related special compensation and concurrent receipt

(a)

Eligibility for TERA Retirees

Subsection (c) of section 1413a of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking “entitled to retired pay who—” and all that follows through the end of paragraph (1) and inserting “who—

(1)

is entitled to retired pay, other than a member retired under chapter 61 of this title with less than 20 years of service creditable under section 1405 of this title and less than 20 years of service computed under section 12732 of this title; and

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(b)

Amendments To Standardize Similar Provisions

(1)

Clerical and conforming amendments

Section 1413a of such title is further amended—

(A)

in the heading for paragraph (3) of subsection (b), by striking rules and inserting rule ; and

(B)

in subsection (f), by striking Subsection (d) and inserting Subsection (c) .

(2)

Specification of qualified retirees for concurrent receipt purposes

Section 1414 of such title, as amended by section 3, is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a)

(i)

by striking a member or and all that follows through is entitled and inserting an individual who is a qualified retiree for any month is entitled; and

(ii)

by inserting retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation after both; and

(B)

in subsection (d), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

Qualified retiree

The term qualified retiree means a member or former member of the uniformed services who, with respect to any month—

(A)

is entitled to retired pay, other than in the case of a member retired under chapter 61 of this title with less than 20 years of service creditable under section 1405 of this title and less than 20 years of service computed under section 12732 of this title; and

(B)

is entitled to veterans’ disability compensation.

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(3)

Standardization with crsc rule for chapter 61 retirees

Subsection (b) of section 1414 of such title is amended—

(A)

by striking Special Rules in the subsection heading and all that follows through is subject to and inserting Special Rule for Chapter 61 Disability Retirees.—In the case of a qualified retiree who is retired under chapter 61 of this title, the retired pay of the member is subject to; and

(B)

by striking paragraph (2).

(c)

Effective Date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect as of January 1, 2014, and shall apply to payments for months beginning on or after that date.