We made a decision regarding your entitlement to VA benefits.
Please Note: On VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits, received on June 29, 2015, you checked the box in Item 17 indicating that you want to receive military retired pay instead of VA compensation. Therefore, we are unable to pay any VA compensation benefits to you and your claim must be denied until a VA Form 21-651, Election of Compensation in Lieu of Retired Pay or Waiver of Retired Pay to Secure Compensation From Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 5304(a)-5305) is received at the Intake Center, because there is a statutory restriction on concurrent payments of compensation and the full amount of military retirement pay. If VA compensation is elected within one year from the date of the notification letter, your entitlement to VA benefits will be from the effective date shown as if the claim had not been denied (with payment subject to date retirement pay is waived by the military). If a VA Form 21-651, Election of Compensation in Lieu of Retired Pay or Waiver of Retired Pay to Secure Compensation From Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 5304(a)-5305) is received at the Intake Center within one year from the date of the notification letter, your entitlement to VA benefits will be as follows:
This letter tells you about your entitlement amount, payment start date, and what we decided. It includes the evidence used and reasons for our decision. We have also included information about what to do if you disagree with our decision and who to contact if you have questions or need assistance.
We are currently paying you as a Veteran with 3 dependents. Let us know right away if there is any change in the status of your dependents.
You Can Expect Payment
Generally, payments begin the first day of the month following the effective date. When applicable, a retroactive payment, minus any withholdings, will be issued. Thereafter, payment will be made at the beginning of each month for the prior month. For example, benefits due for May are paid on or about June 1.