Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson announces Historic Concurrent Receipt Plan

Oct 16, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced a historic House-Senate plan to provide concurrent receipt for more disabled veterans than have ever been covered by law. This year’s agreement builds on gains made last year and allows retirees with any disability level caused by a combat or combat-related injury to receive concurrent receipt. It also allows retirees with other disabilities to receive concurrent receipt if their disability level is 50% or greater. As a retired colonel in the South Carolina National Guard, Congressman Wilson is especially pleased to announce that Reservists and National Guardsmen are included in the agreement and are treated the same as active-duty retirees. Congressman Wilson has worked continually with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a lead negotiator in the agreement. He also joined the perennial champion of concurrent receipt, Congressman Bilirakis (R-FL), in expressing concern to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) that this issue was extremely important to military retirees, a number of whom live in South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. "I commend Congressman Wilson for his role in making this happen," said Chairman Duncan Hunter. "Every veteran in the Second District should be thankful for Congressman Wilson’s hard work." “I’m proud to say that it was a Republican Congress and President that have overturned the inequity of withholding retirement pay for our wounded and severely disabled military retires”, said Congressman Wilson. “I have worked tirelessly with Chairman Hunter and my fellow Armed Services Committee members to ensure this historic proposal became a reality.” "The Military Officers Association of America is grateful for the hard work put forth by members of the House Armed Services Committee on this issue," said VAdm. Norb Ryan, USN (Ret.), president of MOAA, the nation's largest veterans organization for active duty and retired military officers. "We thank for them for their efforts and look forward to our continued work together on behalf of the nation's veterans." The agreement is expected to be part of the conference report for the FY04 National Defense Authorization Act. ###