10 U.S. Code § 1413a - Combat-related special compensation

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(a) Authority.— The Secretary concerned shall pay to each eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree who elects benefits under this section a monthly amount for the combat-related disability of the retiree determined under subsection (b).
(b) Amount.—
(1) Determination of monthly amount.— Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the monthly amount to be paid an eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree under subsection (a) for any month is the amount of compensation to which the retiree is entitled under title 38 for that month, determined without regard to any disability of the retiree that is not a combat-related disability.
(2) Maximum amount.— The amount paid to an eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree for any month under paragraph (1) may not exceed the amount of the reduction in retired pay that is applicable to the retiree for that month under sections 5304 and 5305 of title 38.
(3) Special rules for chapter 61 disability retirees.—
(A) General rule.— In the case of an eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree who is retired under chapter 61 of this title, the amount of the payment under paragraph (1) for any month may not, when combined with the amount of retired pay payable to the retiree after any such reduction under sections 5304 and 5305 of title 38, cause the total of such combined payment to exceed the amount of retired pay to which the member would have been entitled under any other provision of law based upon the member’s service in the uniformed services if the member had not been retired under chapter 61 of this title.
(B) Special rule for retirees with fewer than 20 years of service.— In the case of an eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree who is retired under chapter 61 of this title with fewer than 20 years of creditable service, the amount of the payment under paragraph (1) for any month may not, when combined with the amount of retired pay payable to the retiree after any such reduction under sections 5304 and 5305 of title 38, cause the total of such combined payment to exceed the amount equal to 21/2 percent of the member’s years of creditable service multiplied by the member’s retired pay base under section 1406 (b)(1) or 1407 of this title, whichever is applicable to the member.
(c) Eligible Retirees.— For purposes of this section, an eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree referred to in subsection (a) is a member of the uniformed services who—
(1) is entitled to retired pay (other than by reason of section 12731b of this title); and
(2) has a combat-related disability.
(d) Procedures.— The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe procedures and criteria under which a disabled uniformed services retiree may apply to the Secretary of a military department to be considered to be an eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retiree. Such procedures shall apply uniformly throughout the Department of Defense.
(e) Combat-Related Disability.— In this section, the term “combat-related disability” means a disability that is compensable under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and that—
(1) is attributable to an injury for which the member was awarded the Purple Heart; or
(2) was incurred (as determined under criteria prescribed by the Secretary of Defense)—
(A) as a direct result of armed conflict;
(B) while engaged in hazardous service;
(C) in the performance of duty under conditions simulating war; or
(D) through an instrumentality of war.
(f) Coordination With Concurrent Receipt Provision.— Subsection (d) ofsection 1414 of this title provides for coordination between benefits under that section and under this section.
(g) Status of Payments.— Payments under this section are not retired pay.
(h) Source of Payments.— Payments under this section for a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps shall be paid from the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund. Payments under this section for any other member for any fiscal year shall be paid out of funds appropriated for pay and allowances payable by the Secretary concerned for that fiscal year.
(i) Other Definitions.— In this section:
(1) The term “service-connected” has the meaning given such term in section 101 of title 38.
(2) The term “retired pay” includes retainer pay, emergency officers’ retirement pay, and naval pension.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 107–314, div. A, title VI, § 636(a)(1),Dec. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 2574; amended Pub. L. 108–136, div. A, title VI, §§ 641(c)(1), 642 (a)–(e)(1), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1514, 1516, 1517; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title VI, § 641(a), (b),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 156; Pub. L. 112–239, div. A, title VI, § 643(a),Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 1783; Pub. L. 113–76, div. C, title X, § 10001(b)(1),Jan. 17, 2014, 128 Stat. 151.)
Amendment of Subsection (b)(3)

Pub. L. 113–76, div. C, title X, § 10001(b)(1), (c),Jan. 17, 2014, 128 Stat. 151, provided that, effective Dec. 1, 2015, immediately after the coming into effect of section 403 ofPub. L. 113–67and the amendments made by that section, subsection (b)(3) of this section is amended— (1) in subparagraph (A), by inserting “, with adjustment under paragraph (2) of section 1401a (b) of this title to which the member would have been entitled (but without the application of paragraph (4) of such section),” after “under any other provision of law”; and (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking “whichever is applicable to the member.” and inserting “with adjustment under paragraph (2) of section 1401a (b) of this title to which the member would have been entitled (but without the application of paragraph (4) of such section), whichever is applicable to the member.”. See 2014 Amendment notes below.
Amendments

2014—Subsec. (b)(3)(A). Pub. L. 113–76, § 10001(b)(1)(A), inserted “, with adjustment under paragraph (2) of section 1401a (b) of this title to which the member would have been entitled (but without the application of paragraph (4) of such section),” after “under any other provision of law”.
Subsec. (b)(3)(B). Pub. L. 113–76, § 10001(b)(1)(B), substituted “with adjustment under paragraph (2) of section 1401a (b) of this title to which the member would have been entitled (but without the application of paragraph (4) of such section), whichever is applicable to the member.” for “whichever is applicable to the member.”
2013—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 112–239substituted “may not, when combined with the amount of retired pay payable to the retiree after any such reduction under sections 5304 and 5305 of title 38, cause the total of such combined payment to exceed” for “shall be reduced by the amount (if any) by which the amount of the member’s retired pay under chapter 61 of this title exceeds” in subpars. (A) and (B).
2008—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 110–181, § 641(b), designated existing text as subpar. (A), inserted heading, and added subpar. (B).
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–181, § 641(a), substituted “who—” for “entitled to retired pay who—” in introductory provisions, added pars. (1) and (2), and struck out former pars. (1) and (2) which read as follows:
“(1) has completed at least 20 years of service in the uniformed services that are creditable for purposes of computing the amount of retired pay to which the member is entitled or is entitled to retired pay under section 12731 of this title (other than by reason of section 12731b of this title); and
“(2) has a combat-related disability.”
2003—Pub. L. 108–136, § 642(e)(1), substituted “Combat-related special compensation” for “Special compensation for certain combat-related disabled uniformed services retirees” in section catchline.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 108–136, § 642(c), substituted “under subsection (a) for any month is the amount of compensation to which the retiree is entitled under title 38 for that month, determined without regard to any disability of the retiree that is not a combat-related disability.” for “for a combat-related disability under subsection (a) is the monthly amount of compensation to which the retiree would be entitled solely for the combat-related disability consistent with chapter 11 of title 38.”
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 108–136, § 642(b), inserted before semicolon at end “or is entitled to retired pay under section 12731 of this title (other than by reason of section 12731b of this title)”.
Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 108–136, § 642(a)(2), struck out “qualifying” before “combat-related disability”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 108–136, § 642(a)(1), amended heading and text of subsec. (e) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (e) defined term “qualifying combat-related disability”.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 108–136, § 642(d), amended heading and text of subsec. (f) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows:
“(1) Single source of compensation.—An individual who is paid special compensation under this section may not receive special compensation under section 1413 of this title.
“(2) Election of source.—An individual who is eligible for special compensation under this section and special compensation under section 1413 of this title shall elect which special compensation to receive.
“(3) Regulations.—The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe in regulations the manner and form of an election under this subsection.”
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 108–136, § 641(c)(1), inserted first sentence and inserted “for any other member” before “for any fiscal year”.
Effective Date of 2014 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 113–76effective Dec. 1, 2015, immediately after the coming into effect of section 403 ofPub. L. 113–67and the amendments made by that section, see section 10001(c) of div. C of Pub. L. 113–76, set out as a note under section 1401a of this title.
Effective Date of 2013 Amendment

Pub. L. 112–239, div. A, title VI, § 643(b),Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 1783, provided that: “The amendment made by this section [amending this section] shall take effect as of January 1, 2013, and shall apply to payments for months beginning on or after that date.”
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title VI, § 641(c),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 156, provided that: “The amendments made by this section [amending this section] shall take effect on January 1, 2008, and shall apply to payments for months beginning on or after that date.”
Effective Date of 2003 Amendment

Pub. L. 108–136, div. A, title VI, § 641(c)(6),Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1516, provided that: “The amendments made by this subsection [amending this section and sections 1413, 1463, 1465, and 1466 of this title] shall take effect as of October 1, 2003. The Secretary of Defense shall provide for such administrative adjustments as necessary to provide for payments made for any period during fiscal year 2004 before the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 24, 2003] to be treated as having been made in accordance with such amendments and for the provisions of such amendments to be implemented as if enacted as of September 30, 2003.”
Pub. L. 108–136, div. A, title VI, § 642(f),Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1517, provided that: “The amendments made by subsections (a), (b), and (c) [amending this section] shall apply to payments under section 1413a of title 10, United States Code, for months beginning on or after January 1, 2004. The amendment made by subsection (d) [amending this section] shall take effect on January 1, 2004.”
Effective Date

Pub. L. 107–314, div. A, title VI, § 636(a)(2),Dec. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 2576, provided that: “Section 1413a of title 10, United States Code, as added by paragraph (1), shall take effect not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 2, 2002].”

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10 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 1413a2014113-76 [Sec.] 10001(b)(1)128 Stat. 151
§ 1413ant new2012112-239 [Sec.] 643(b)126 Stat. 1783
§ 1413a2012112-239 [Sec.] 643(a)126 Stat. 1783

 

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