Can You Receive Both CRDP And VA Disability In Houston, TX?

Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay, or CRDP, is a specific type of payment for military retirees with a 50% or greater rating from the VA. It concurrently supplements the VA disability payments that a veteran may receive. Generally, veterans can’t receive benefits from both the VA and from the DoD in the form of military retirement pay. However, the CRDP changes that.

Can You Receive Both CRDP And VA Disability In Houston, TX?

The good news is that yes, you can receive both if you’re qualified. But there are a few things you need to know before you ask about receiving CRDP.

What It Is

This law was passed in 2004 to give military veterans both their VA disability benefits and their military disability through the DoD.

CRDP is a benefit that allows veterans who qualify to receive monthly benefit payments from both the DoD and the VA. It is a “phase-in” of benefits that gradually restores a retiree’s disability offset from the VA.

CRDP became fully implemented in January of 2014,

Are You Qualified For CRDP?

Veterans who are rated 50% or higher disabled qualify, if they are eligible for retirement pay. If you would be eligible for retirement if you were not disabled and receiving disability pay, you may be eligible. However, you must also meet one of these additional qualifications:

  • Be a reserve retiree with 30 years of qualifying service, have a disability rating of 50% or higher, and at retirement age.
    • The retirement age for reservists is generally 60 years of age, but some reserve retirees may reach eligibility prior to 60. Members of the Ready Reserve can have their retirement ages lowered below age 60 by 3 months for every 90 days of service during a fiscal year.
  • Retired under the Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) along with a VA disability rating of 50% or higher.
  • Be a disability retiree who earned your entitlement to the retired pay under another provision of law aside from only disability with a VA disability rating of 50% or higher. Your CRDP eligibility may occur at the time you would have otherwise become eligible for retirement pay.

If you are qualified, you should automatically receive monthly payments. The Defense And Finance Accounting Service conducts regular audits of accounts to ensure correct payments. If you were not previously being paid at your correct rate, it is possible that you could receive a retroactive payment from the DoD, based on:

  • Your date of retirement
  • The date at which you first became disabled at 50%

You are also eligible to receive both your VA disability compensation and your retired pay if you are a military retiree who meets all of the above requirements in addition to:

  • Rated by the VA as unemployable, also known as Individual Unemployability (IU)
  • Receiving VA disability compensation as a result of IU

The DFAS also forwards its audit findings to the VA so that they may conduct their own assessments.

Additional information is available on the DFAS website.

CRDP Caveat

Getting CRDP means you are compensated for retirement pay that you didn’t receive before. This means that it can also be subjected to a collection for things such as:

  • Any government debt
  • Alimony
  • Community property
  • Child support

Unlike the VA disability, you will be required to pay taxes on anything you receive as CRDP. These payments stop when a retiree passes away.

Get Help From A Houston VA Disability Attorney

Whether you’re ready to start your application, need help with an appeal, or want to investigate a case review, we’re ready to assist. You do have the right to legal representation whether you’re starting your application, facing a hearing or dealing with an appeal.

Call The Herren Law Firm in Houston at 713-682-8194 (or use our online contact form) to schedule your free consultation for VA disability and other benefits. Our contingency fee basis means you won’t owe a fee until we win your case, and there’s no obligation.



In Houston TX, Can I Get Veterans Disability Benefits For Sleep Apnea?

Good sleep equals good health. An individual needs as many hours as they need to get a good night’s rest. But for many, a good night’s sleep isn’t something that happens like it should.

Sleep problems affect as much as 70% of the population at one time or another. Among veterans, the rate is about 20%, with the rate increasing to 87% of veterans between the ages of 55 and 89. These numbers are irrespective of socio-economic class or other demographic.

In Houston TX, can I get Veteran Disability Benefits for Sleep Apnea?"

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that sleep disorders have seen a dramatic rise in the veteran population. The article from the journal Sleep reports that sleep apnea was the most commonly diagnosed condition at 47% of the 9.7 million veterans studied. (Insomnia was second, at 26%.) Veterans with pre-existing PTSD are associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea and other disorders. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that claims for sleep apnea have increased fourfold in the last several years, with more veterans requesting tests and applying for benefits.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing is repeatedly obstructed while you’re asleep, forcing you to start breathing again. (The Mayo Clinic has more information.) Because you don’t always wake up, you might not be aware. But snoring and drowsy fatigue upon rising are signs that you might be experiencing sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea has three different causes, but all lead to the same outcome. Lack of sleep can lead to other conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, headaches, memory problems, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Drowsiness can lead to things like car crashes and other accidents if left untreated.

Although anyone of any age can find themselves with sleep apnea, it’s most common in men over 40, particularly if they are overweight. Diagnosis requires a sleep study to confirm apnea.

After a diagnosis, the usual treatment involves a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This device forces air into nasal passages that’s strong enough to bypass any obstruction and promote more normal breathing. Because it’s a treatment and not a cure, a CPAP must be worn nightly, or the patient experiences a return of apnea symptoms.

Getting Benefits For Sleep Apnea

Because sleep apnea may develop after your discharge, there may be no reason to have a sleep study done. Veterans in line-of-fire combat situations are not likely to request a sleep study while deployed, and sleep problems are usually tied to the occupation.

Like any condition, the VA is looking for one thing: a service connection.

The first step is to actually get a diagnosis, although that doesn’t guarantee a rating and benefits. Either your sleep apnea was caused by or aggravated by your time in the service.

The next step is to gather the medical evidence you need to establish a connection between your time in the service and your sleep apnea diagnosis.

If you have other conditions that are already service-connected, such as PTSD, your sleep apnea could be what’s called a “secondary service connected” issue. Sleep apnea could also be the cause of another condition.

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio  at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center has a full diagnostic testing lab for veterans. The website also includes printable PDFs with information on better sleep.

But if you are experiencing severe sleeping problems, it’s important to get started on a sleep study and getting treatment (including a CPAP, if possible), even if it’s not service connected, so that you can start sleeping better. There are organizations that can help you get a CPAP if you’re unable to afford one on your own. Your doctor can work with you to determine if it is, in fact, service connected, and write a prescription for the CPAP.

If your claim for sleep apnea has been denied, it’s time to enlist the help of an attorney who understands the VA disability claim system.

Helping Houston’s Veterans With Sleep Apnea Claims

William Herren has worked with veterans in the Houston area for more than 30 years to help them get their VA disability benefits.  Call The Herren Law Firm today at 713-682-8194 (or use our online contact form) to schedule your free consultation. There’s no obligation, and with our contingency fee arrangement, we don’t charge a fee until we win your case.

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