Combat Related Special Compensation

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Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides special compensation to retirees who have retired pay reduced because of receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation. 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:

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:

In order for members to be eligible for CRSC, they must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Receive military retirement pay for one of the following reasons:
    • Served on Active Duty, the Reserves, or National Guard with 20 years of creditable service;
    • Served on Active Duty, the Reserves, or National Guard and is also a permanent medical retiree (Chapter 61) regardless of years served;
    • Served on Active Duty, the Reserves, or National Guard and is classified as a Temporary Disability Retirement List retiree regardless of years served; or
    • Served on Active Duty, the Reserves, or National Guard and is classified as a Temporary Early Retirement Act retiree with 15-19 years served.

  2. Have 10% or greater VA rated injury that is combat-related.

  3. Military retirement pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver).

  4. Must be able to provide documentation that injury was a result of one of the following:
    • Purple Heart
    • Armed Conflict
    • Simulating War
    • Hazardous Service
    • Instrumentality of War
    • Agent Orange
    • Radiation Exposure
    • Gulf War
    • Mustard Gas or Lewisite

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The Value of the CRSC Benefit:

The CRSC monthly payment ranges from $133 to over $3200. 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:

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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Medical Disabilites Retired from Military
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