Dual Compensation Is Paid When Military Reservists Do Not Waive VA Disability Benefits

Gao ID: HRD-84-13 November 18, 1983

GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Administration (VA) efforts to prevent dual compensation from being paid to reservists who receive VA disability benefits.

Although the agencies have taken actions within recent years to better identify reservists who should be waiving VA benefits, about 65 percent of these reservists continue to receive dual compensation. GAO estimated that in fiscal year 1982, VA paid about $2.2 million in benefits that should have been waived. GAO suggests that increased coordination between DOD and VA is needed to prevent dual compensation payments.


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