Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott

A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers.

One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry those dollars will be deducted from their VA disability compensation.

Another change will allow more service members separated since 9/11 with disability ratings of 0 to 20 percent to see those ratings upgraded by the new Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR).