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  1. jsp_28504

    jsp_28504 New Member

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    I just got my proposed rating from the DOD/VA


    40 % Combat related and 60% VA


    They siad i would get about 1200 a month with dependets.

    Would i stilll qualify for SSDI?

    I dont think i can work, because of the pain meds and limiting factors.



    Any Advise?

    I am in the Airforce 4 years in, enrolled in Wounded Warrior and can seem to get any advice from anyone. I have till friday to apeal or aceept there offer.


    I just dont think ikm going to be able to work, and idk if i can make it on 1200 a month.


    Also With SSDI would i need to get rid of any of my cars and stuff like with medicare?


    I really dont understand all of this and dont know what to do.
  2. usafaviator

    usafaviator PEB Forum Regular Member

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    Welcome jsp. Some reasons that people appeal their findings are:

    1. They feel that all of their conditions aren't considered correctly, or at all (i.e. your records show that you have bulging discs, back surgery, etc....but the board downplays everything and rates you with only DDD, etc.).
    2. Their conditions aren't rated correctly per VASRD (i.e. VA ratings differ from what DoD rates, etc.). The DoD are supposed to use the VA ratings.
    - http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5&idno=38

    Have you done the calculations...is 40% of your average past 3 years of base pay more than 1200? The 1200 number sounds like VA compensation. Additionally, if your 40% is combat related, you can file for CRSC, which will net you a bit more monthly money.
    I agree, 1200 is almost impossible to get by on these days (especially with dependents). Even with SSDI, it will be challenging.

    1. The government will pay you whichever is higher, your DoD comp or your VA comp.
    2. Apply for CRSC to get the extra combat related pay
    3. Contact the Social Security Administration for more info on the SSDI requuirements, be sure to let them know you are Wounded Warrior.

    As for working, explore jobs that are easier on you and will allow you to take care of yourself and your family. Otherwise, I believe that you can apply to the VA for UI status, but it might be a stretch because the further away from a 100% VA rating, the tougher it is to prove UI. I'm sure others with more knowledge on this topic will chime in soon, just wanted to give you some food for thought.
  3. medicalmystery

    medicalmystery PEB Forum Regular Member

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    Yes, you can still apply for SSDI and if you qualify, it doesn't affect your VA compensation and vice versa. SSDI is based on insurance/wages that you have already paid into when you were gainfully employed. I just applied and if I were you, I would apply like yesterday. The online application is very user-friendly and you can even submit the disability reports and medical release authorization online too. Good luck!
  4. grizz13

    grizz13 PEB Forum Regular Member

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    Ensure that you put Wounded Warrior in the comments on the disability application along with explaining why you can not work on your trained MOS, not your current duty assigned.

    i.e. I am a 74D (CBRN Specialist) my trained MOS requires me to lift equipment over 50 lbs. which exceeds my current profile. My job also has me climbing up and down out of and off of vehicles, which my profile limits me from doing. I am unable to carry a weapon due to my profile, so I can not fulfill any of my soldiering or guard duties as assigned. I am restricted from going to any training excersize due to not being able to ride in a military vehicle and so on....

    The Social Security office will go over your profiles with you and go over a bunch of questions to verify the information.
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    medicalmystery PEB Forum Regular Member

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    grizz13,
    Good advice! I wish I could have done this on my application (Wounded Warrior). Due to currently being on con leave when it asked if I had returned to work, I checked "No and explained in the comments why something similar. Well, if I am turned down, I will be sure to do this.
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    jsp_28504 New Member

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    40 Percent of my base pay is less then the 1200 from VA, they said i can keep my tricare and such though, since i will be put on permant retirment. what is CRSC,
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    jsp_28504 New Member

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    40 percent of my base pay is only about 960 bucks. So the VA rating is higher, i was looking at the CRSC application form for the air force and im not sure if i qualify, do you have to be over 20 years? i have only 4 years in.
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    Also I dont think the CRSC would pay anything since my top 3 is less then the VA payment.
  9. grizz13

    grizz13 PEB Forum Regular Member

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    CRSC=Combat Related Special Compensation
    It's for those that have combat related injuries.

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