Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a form of concurrent receipt which is paid monthly. It restores military retired pay that is offset when a Military Retiree accepts compensation from the VA for a disability or condition that can be attributed to a combat-related event as defined by DOD. This allows eligible Retirees to concurrently receive an amount equal to or less than their length of service retirement pay and their VA disability compensation, if the injury is combat-related.
All military retirees, other than some former reserve members with physical disabilities not incurred in the line of duty, are eligible for CRSC compensation. These newly eligible veterans are mainly Chapter 61 (medical retirees) and Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) retirees.
To qualify for CRSC you must:
- be entitled to and/or receiving military retired pay
- be rated at least 10 percent disabled by the VA
- waive your VA pay from your retired pay
- file a CRSC application with your Branch of Service
Disabilities that may be considered combat related include injuries incurred as a direct result of:
- Armed Conflict
- Hazardous Duty
- An Instrumentality of War
- Simulated War
In addition to monthly CRSC payments, you may be eligible for a retroactive payment. DFAS will audit your account to determine whether or not you are due retroactive payment. An audit of your account requires researching pay information from both DFAS and VA.
If you are due any money from DFAS, you will receive it within 30-60 days of receipt of your first CRSC monthly payment. If DFAS finds that you are also due a retroactive payment from the VA, we will forward an audit to the VA. They are responsible for paying any money they may owe you.
Your retroactive payment date may go back as far as June 1, 2003, but can be limited based on:
- your overall CRSC start date as awarded by your Branch of Service
- your Purple Heart eligibility
- your retirement date
- your retirement law (disability or non-disability)
- six-year barring statute
Disability retirees with less than 20 years of service will be automatically limited to a retroactive date of January 1, 2008 as required by legislation passed by Congress effective 2008.
All retroactive pay is limited to six years from the date the VA awarded compensation for each disability.
How To Apply For CRSC
For more information on how to apply contact your parent military service branches CRSC website:
- AIR FORCE
CRSC Program Office
550 C Street West Ste 6
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4708
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
ATTN: AHRC-PDR-C (CRSC), Dept. 420
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5402
- COAST GUARD
USCG PSC Commander (CG-PSC-PSD-de)
4200 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203-7200
- NAVY and MARINE CORPS
Department of the Navy
Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards
Attn: Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch
720 Kennon Street SE, Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
Website: www.public.navy.mil/asnmra/corb/CRSCB/Pages/CRSCB main page.aspx