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:
- Combat-Related Special Compensation Eligibility
- The Value of the CRSC Benefit
- The Application Process
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.
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:
- 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.
- Have 10% or greater VA rated injury that is combat-related.
- Military retirement pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver).
- 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
The Value of the CRSC Benefit:
Actual payments are determined by DFAS and vary by individual.
The CRSC Application Process:
To receive Combat Related Special Compensation you must submit your application 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:
- AIR FORCE
CRSC Program Office
550 C Street West
Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, TX 78150
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