Combat Related Special Compensation

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Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides military retirees a monthly compensation that replaces their VA disability offset. This means that qualified military retirees with 20 or more years of service that have "combat related" VA-rated disability will no longer have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disability compensation. Instead they will receive both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation. The following is a summary of Combat-Related Special Compensation:

Unlike Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP), CRSC will not be phased in over ten years. Once a military retiree has been determined to be qualified they will receive their regular retirement pay plus an additional sum based on their VA disability rating.

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Combat-Related Special Compensation Eligibility

The following CRSC eligibility requirements apply:

Retired veterans with combat-related injuries must meet all of the following criteria to apply for CRSC:
1.  Active, Reserve with 20 years of creditable service or * Chapter 61 medically retired with less than 20 years.
2.  Receiving military retired pay
3. Have 10% or greater VA rated injury
4.  Military retired pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver)

*CRSC Updates: The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law on January 28, 2008. It expanded the eligibility of CRSC to include anyone recieving military retired pay. This includes: Medical Chapter 61, Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) and Temporary Disabled Retirement List (TDRL) retirees. These new eligible components for CRSC went into effect January 1, 2008. Medical and TERA retirees must still provide documentation that shows a causal link between a current VA disability and a combat related event.

AND? must be able to provide documentary evidence that your injury was a result of one of the following:

  • Training that simulates war (e.g., exercises, field training)
  • Hazardous duty (e.g., flight, diving, parachute duty)
  • An instrumentality of war (e.g., combat vehicles, weapons, Agent Orange)
  • Armed conflict (e.g., gun shot wounds [Purple Heart], punji stick injuries)

Further Explanation:

Training that Simulates War.

In the performance of duty under conditions Simulating War (exercises, field training) In general, this covers disabilities resulting from military training, such as war games, practice alerts, tactical exercises, airborne operations, leadership reaction courses, grenade and live fire weapons practice, bayonet training, hand-to-hand combat training, rappelling and negotiation of combat confidence and obstacle courses. It does not include physical training activities such as calisthenics and jogging or formation running and supervised sport activities.

Hazardous Duty.
While engaged in Hazardous Service(e.g., flight, diving, parachute duty). Such service includes, but is not limited to, aerial flight, parachute duty, demolition duty, experimental stress duty, and diving duty. A finding that a disability is the result of such hazardous service requires that the injury or disease be the direct result of actions taken in the performance of such service. Travel to and from such service, or actions incidental to a normal duty status not considered hazardous are not included.

An Instrumentality of War.
Through an Instrumentality of War (combat vehicles, weapons, Agent Orange, etc.)

Occurrence during actual period of war is not required. However, there must be a direct causal relationship between instrumentality of war and disability. The disability must be incurred incident to a hazard or risk of the service.
An instrumentality of war is a vehicle, vessel, or device designated primarily for Military Service and intended for use in such Service at the time of the occurrence or injury. It may include such instrumentalities not designated primarily for Military Service if use of, or occurrence involving, such instrumentality subjects the individual to a hazard peculiar to Military Service. Such use or occurrence differs from the use or occurrence under similar circumstances in civilian pursuits.

A determination that a disability is the result of an instrumentality of war may be made if the disability was incurred in any period of service as a result of such diverse causes as wounds caused by a military weapon, accidents involving military combat vehicle, injury or sickness caused by fumes, gases, or explosion or military ordinance, vehicles, or material.

Armed Conflict
As direct result of Armed Conflict.
The disability is a disease or injury incurred in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict. The fact that a member incurred the disability during a period of war or an area of armed conflict or while participating in combat operations is not sufficient to support a combat-related determination. There must be a definite causal relationship between the armed conflict and the resulting disability.

Armed Conflict includes war, expedition, occupation of an area or territory, battle, skirmish, raid, invasion, rebellion, insurrection, guerrilla action, riot or any other action in which service members are engaged with a hostile or belligerent nation, faction, force, or terrorists.

Armed Conflict may also include such situations as incidents involving a member while interned as a prisoner of war, or while detained against his or her will in custody of a hostile or belligerent force, or while escaping or attempting to escape from such confinement, prisoner of war, or detained status.

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The Value of the CRSC Benefit:

The 2008 CRSC monthly payment ranges from $117 to over $2772. The amount you receive depends on your disability rating, number of dependents, and other factors. CRSC payment mirrors the VA Disability Compensation payment rates.

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The CRSC Application Process:

To receive Combat Related Special Compensation you must submit your application (DD form 2860), through your parent military service branch. Each service branch has the authority to determine your eligibility.

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

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) laws.

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