Chapter 61 - Medical Retirees
2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act was singed into law on January 29, 2008 to include Chapter 61 retirees, a new component for Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC). This legislation expands eligibility to medical retirees with less than 20 years of service, effective 1 January, 2008. Medically retired veterans must still provide documentation that shows a causal link between a current VA Disability and a combat related event. Recipients we combat-related disabilities could receive their full length of service (LOS) retired pay in addition to VA disability pay.
Questions and Answers
What is a Chapter 61 retiree?
A Chapter 61 retiree is anyone who was medically retired from military service with a 30% or greater VA rated disability.
The term "Chapter 61" comes from the corresponding chapter in Title 10 US Code defining the different categories of medical separation and retirement. For example; if you were retired under 10 USC Sec. 1201, that means Title 10, US Code, Chapter 61, Section 1201; which states "Regulars and members on active duty for more than 30 days: retirement."
How do I know if I am a Chapter 61 retiree?
For recent retirees, block 23 is your type of Separation and should read "Retirement" and block 28 is the narrative reason for separation and should say "Permanent Medical Retirement". For those with a previous version of the DD214 (Vietnam and before), this information can be found in blocks 11a and 11c respectively.
Combat Related Special Compensation eligibility?
Current eligibility requirements:
When can I apply as Chapter 61 retiree?
Please submit your application when you are in receipt of VA pay. If you submit you application before you are receiving VA pay, you application will be initially denied as you are not visible in the system. You are then required to contact the Navy CRSC Board when you are in receipt VA pay and your application will then be processed. To apply, use DD Form 2860.
How much will my CRSC pay be?
Actual payment amounts are determined by DFAS and are unique for each service member based on years of service, retirement pay, and more. DFAS has provide the following calculator: http://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/woundedwarrior/disabledretireest.htm
If you have any questions about payment amount, you should contact DFAS directly at 1-800-321-1080 or www.dfas.mil.
Submitting a Claim:
Required documentation includes:
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