Maj. Richard Star, USAR, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who spent his final months fighting for servicemember benefits while also fighting stage 4 lung cancer, has died.
Star, a combat engineer, passed away early Saturday morning with his loving wife Tonya and his therapy dog Otis at his side.
Medically retired before reaching 20 years, Star was a vocal advocate for legislation to approve concurrent receipt.
He was a “Chapter 61 retiree,” a servicemember who is forced to medically retire from injury on duty. These retirees are not authorized for concurrent receipt, which means receiving retirement pay from DoD for their service, while also receiving disability pay from the VA to compensate for injury.
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