Comparing CRSC and CRDP

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay (CRDP) are programs created by Congress to allow eligible military retirees to receive monthly entitlements in addition to retired pay.

CRSC is a special compensation for combat-related disabilities. It is non-taxable, and retirees must apply to their Branch of Service to receive it.

CRDP is a restoration of retired pay for retirees with service-connected disabilities that was lost due to the VA compensation offset. This means that an eligible retiree's retired pay will be fully resored (phase in completed as of 2014). CRDP is taxed in the same manner as your retired pay, and it is normally considered taxable income. No application is required. Eligible retirees receive CRDP automatically.

Some Retirees may believe they are already receiving CRSC when they are actually receiving CRDP and may fail to submit their claim for CRSC. If you are not certain which you are receiving, please check your DFAS (or Coast Guard) pay stub and consider submitting your claim for CRSC. The following is a summary of the contrast between CRSC and CRDP:

Comparing CRSC and CRDP

It is important to note that Retirees cannot receive both CRSC and CRDP and must elect one each year through an annual "program election." Many retirees are confused about which is better for them. When making this decision, please note the following characteristics of CRSC and CRDP:

 
CRSC
CRDP
Full Concurrent Receipt
Yes
Yes (as of 2014)
Required Minimum VA Disability Rating:
10%
50%
Taxable
No - It is a disability payment.
Yes - It is considered recoupment of retired pay.
VA Individual Unemployment (IU) Eligible
Yes
Yes
Survivor Benefit
No
No
Application Requirement
Yes - DD 2860
No - Automatic
Type of Disability
Combat Related
Service Connected
Subject to USFSPA Division (Former Spouse)?
No
Yes
Retroactive Payments
Yes - Back to June 1, 2003
Yes - May go back to June 1, 2004
Claims Process
Mus Apply through Service Branch
Automaitc Enrollment

 

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CRSC Eligibility

To qualify for CRSC you must:

  • be entitled to and/or receiving military retired pay
  • be rated at least 10 percent  by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (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

If you have questions about your CRSC eligibility, please call us at 800-321-1080 or contact your Branch of Service.

CRDP Eligibility

You must be eligible for retired pay to qualify for CRDP. If you were placed on a disability retirement, but would be eligible for military retired pay in the absence of the disability, you may be entitled to receive CRDP.

Under these rules, you may be entitled to CRDP if…

  • you are a regular retiree with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.
  • you are a reserve retiree with 20 qualifying years of service, who has a VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater and who has reached retirement age. (In most cases the retirement age for reservists is 60, but certain reserve retirees may be eligible before they turn 60. If you are a member of the Ready Reserve, your retirement age can be reduced below age 60 by three months for each 90 days of active service you have performed during a fiscal year.)
  • you are retired under Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) and have a VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.
  • you are a disability retiree who earned entitlement to retired pay under any provision of law other than solely by disability, and you have a VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater. You might become eligible for CRDP at the time you would have become eligible for retired pay.

If you have any questions regarding your CRDP payment from DFAS, call 800-321-1080. For questions concerning disability ratings or disability compensation, please contact the VA at 800-827-1000.

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CRSC Eligible retirees should submit their claim today!

Retirees can download the CRSC claim form DD 2860.

For more information on how to apply contact your parent military service branch:

  • ARMY:
      Department of the Army
      U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency
      Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
      200 Stovall Street
      Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0470
      Toll-free: (866) 281-3254
      Hours: 8am - 8pm EST
      E-mail your questions to:
      CRSC.info@us.army.mil

      Or visit: http://www.crsc.army.mil

  • NAVY AND MARINE CORPS:
      Department of Navy Naval Council of Personnel Boards
      Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch
      720 Kennon Street S.E., Suite 309
      Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
      (Toll free 1-877-366-2772)

  • AIR FORCE:
      United States Air Force Personnel Center
      Disability Division (CRSC)
      550 C Street West, Suite 6
      Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4708
      (Toll Free 1-866-229-7074)

  • COAST GUARD:
      Commanding Officer (RAS)
      U. S. Coast Guard Personnel Service Center
      444 SE Quincy St.
      Topeka, KS 66683-3591
      (toll-free at 1-800-772-8724)

For more information from DFAS, call toll free at 800-321-1080. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Questions concerning disability ratings or payments due from the VA should be directed to the VA at 800-827-1000.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the new Concurrent Receipt and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) laws.

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