Yes, Reservists and National Guard members can receive certain VA disability benefits. However, there are some limitations and considerations:
- Dual Compensation Rule: Reservists and National Guard members cannot receive VA compensation and drill pay simultaneously. They need to waive one or the other, and the chosen benefit will be reduced by the amount of the other.
- CRDP and CRSC Exception: Some veterans, particularly those eligible for Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) and Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC), can receive pay from both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA.
- Monthly VA Compensation: Reservists and National Guard members can receive monthly VA compensation if they are retirees of the Reserves or National Guard. However, the VA offset rule applies, reducing one benefit by the amount of the other.
- Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for VA disability benefits, Reservists and National Guard members must have served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training and have a service-connected disability. The disability should be proven to be caused or aggravated by military service.
- Access to VA Benefits: Reservists and National Guard members have access to various VA benefits, including monthly compensation (if eligible), home loan guarantee, education benefits, and health care.
- Active Guard Reserve (AGR): AGR members can also receive VA benefits as long as they meet the service requirements.
- Joining with a VA Disability Rating: Having a VA disability rating does not necessarily prevent individuals from joining the Reserves or National Guard. However, medical waivers may be required, and eligibility will depend on the specific circumstances.
It’s crucial for Reservists and National Guard members to understand the rules and regulations governing the receipt of VA benefits and to consult with VA representatives or Veterans Service Officers for personalized guidance based on their situations.