The short of it: In the "decision phase" according to my VA eBenefits profile. My claim was submitted from the PEB to the VA DRAS-Seattle on 11 July 2011. From there, the VA call center said it would take 30 days. Monday, I spoke with probably the only helpful person I've ever spoken to at 1-800-VA. He told me my ratings were waiting final approval. However, what he DIDN'T TELL ME was what was in the computer what they generate my ratings letter from. I'm NOT looking at the following service connected conditions: Thoracolumbar spondylosis/degenerative disk disease - 40% Neck strain - 10% Tinnitus - 10% Partial leg parethesia - 10% Toe arthritis - 0% Finger deformity (dislocated, never healed completely straight) - 0% Knees - 0% a few other 0%'s service connected I have no issues with any of the above ratings. All I wanted when I first sought treatment was to service connect everything...now all I really care about is keeping Tricare. The PEB is looking at the thoracolumbar spondlyosis/DDD. 40% would put me on PDRL. What I'm wondering is how I should/how they calculate the concurrent receipt if my back injuries are not deemed eligible for combat related special compensation. I understand that there is a dollar-for-dollar reduction, but I'm lost after that. I hit 8 years in about 2 weeks. Army PDRL should be (roughly) $1136/mo before taxes (quick 36 month average x 40%) VA math puts 40% plus 3 10% at 60%. 60% for a veteran with a spouse and one child is $1129/mo, less than Army retirement. I have tried to figure this out, but all I could find is the phase-in examples for veterans over 20 years and 50% or more disabled. So what will my take home be (before taxes/deductions) and what would the tax implications be? Also, for the number of children, only children living with me count, am I correct? Or will the VA count my son who lives with his mom (I don't have him more than 50% of the year, so I'm assuming he doesn't count in the VA's eyes)? I apologize for the long post, and appreciate any help. Zeke P.S. I just realized I typo'd the title and forgot the "i" in question. Wow. Lol.