Q: Am I eligible for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)?
CRSC is a program that provides compensation for eligible retired veterans with “combat-related” injuries. The injuries must warrant between a 10 and 100% disability rating. It is intended to help mitigate the loss of income resulting from a veteran’s inability to receive disability compensation from both the DOD and the VA.
CRSC is available to both service members who retire with 20 or more years of creditable service and those who have less than 20 years, but are medically retired for a disability through a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) under 10 U.S.C. Chapter 61.
CRSC helps retired veterans by replacing the VA disability compensation that is subtracted from retired pay. It also restores military retired pay with tax-free monthly payments and is paid retroactively.
To be eligible a veteran must:
- Be receiving military retired pay (longevity or medical)
- Have reduced military retired pay because of VA disability payments (VA waiver)
- Have a 10% or greater VA-rated disability
And must have at least ONE of the following “combat-related” VA disabilities:
- Simulating War (SW), injuries that result from military combat training
- Hazardous Service, injuries or diseases that occur while engaging in hazardous service
- Instrumentality of War (IW), injury occurred while operating or interacting with a vehicle, weapon, or device designed primarily for military service and intended for use in such service at the time of injury (ex. injured knee on rotating tank turret during field training exercise)
- Armed Conflict (AC), service member engaged with hostile forces
- Purple Heart, the result of an injury in which Purple Heart was awarded
- Other, this usually includes “presumptive” disabilities. See our FAQ about “presumptive” disabilities here.
To apply for the CRSC, use DD form 2860
- Copies of ALL VA rating decisions, which include the letter and the narrative summaries
- Copies of ALL DD214s and DD215s
- Official documentary evidence that supports how the specific disability being claimed can be linked to a combat-related event
Do NOT submit:
- Medical records that do no related to disability being claimed
- Electronic media, EKGs, lab slips, or dental records
- Personal or “buddy” statements