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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.

CRSC Eligibility 

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
Retroactive Payment 
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:

    CRSC Program Office
    550 C Street West Ste 6
    Randolph AFB TX 78150-4708
    Phone: 800-525-0102
  • ARMY
    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
    Phone: 888-276-9471
    USCG PSC Commander (CG-PSC-PSD-de)
    Mailstop 7200
    4200 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA 22203-7200
    Phone: 800-772-8274
    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
    Phone: 877-366-2772
    Website: main page.aspx

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