Who should I contact; DFAS, VA or my branch of service?

DFAS Retired and Annuitant (R&A) Pay

DFAS R&A Pay is primarily a payroll office. We establish and maintain military retired pay and annuity accounts, and issue monthly payments to both military retirees and their eligible survivors.

* Regular and Reserve Retirement payments
* Temporary and Permanent Disability Retirement payments
* Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay
* Combat Related Special Compensation payments
* Survivor Benefit Plan

Contact DFAS at (800) 321-1080.

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides services to former members of the military, not just those who are retired from the military.

If you are disabled, the VA establishes your level of disability compensation, and handles any changes or updates. These include:

* Additional benefit for veterans service injuries
* Ratings for service-connected disability codes
* Ratings for Special Monthly Compensation
* Individual unemployability ratings
* Re-rating you if you feel your disability has increased

The VA also administers pensions, educational programs, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, medical benefits and burial benefits.

If you have questions or concerns about any of these topics, please contact the VA at 800-827-1000.

Branches of Service

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force assist in the transition from active duty to retired life and make determinations for some entitlement programs, such as Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC).

Please contact your Branch of Service for assistance with the following items:

* CRSC eligibility determinations
* Applying for retirement
* Retirement orders


About Ancil W. Jones

I am a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, DoD employee, retired Navy Hospital Corpsman Chief Petty Officer, Disabled American Veteran Service Officer and real estate broker licensed in North Carolina. Please contact me for local information, relocation information and referral assistance. I will also be happy to answer any of your real estate questions. Contact me as well for information regarding the Disabled American Veterans and/or assistance with any claim you may have or wish to submit with the VA. May God's blessings be upon the United States of America and all those that serve to protect our way of life.
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