18 Oct '15, 2pm

Vets dismayed by VA payback rules on separation pay

Vets dismayed by VA payback rules on separation pay

Shane Collins a 32-year-old former Marine who deployed twice to Iraq, was given $46,000 in pre-tax involuntary separation pay during a personnel drawdown in 2013, but was later told he must pay it back before he can receive VA disability compensation. (Photo: Courtesy of Shane Collins) 424 CONNECT 20 TWEET 3 LINKEDIN 16 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Stephen, a Marine Corps staff sergeant, agreed to leave service a few years ago when the Corps offered him voluntary separation pay in an effort to trim its personnel ranks. They gave him about $80,000 to leave, and at the time it seemed like a good deal. The money helped him buy a house in Texas and get started with a job as a financial planner. But now the government wants that money back. That's because Stephen, who asked to be identified by his first name only, recently went to the Veterans Affairs Department and secured an 80 percent...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/vete...

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