My husband received Tdrl retirement payments from 2008-2009, he was separated from the military in 2009 with no severance pay and found unfit for duty because his cancer was in remission. We were awarded a 50% VA disability rating with an effective date June 2, 2012. Will we still receive back pay since he did not get any retirement payments or benefits since 2009? When he called the VA they said they were unsure that he has to call DFAS they also stated that he may not since you can't get VA payments and retirement at the same. His award letter says that his payments are being held until 1/1/14 to ensure no double payments. Very clueless about how this work and I don't understand why he would not get back pay if he didn't get any retirement pay during the effective dates of his claim any help would be great!!!