Combat-Related Injuries Produce Special Compensation

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a monthly benefit for eligible retired military to recover a portion or all of their retirement pay that was offset by their VA disability compensation. For eligible retirees who have a combat-related injury, this entitlement is an addition to all retirement payments received from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).

Qualification for Combat-Related Special Compensation

The qualifications for CRSC include:

  • A retired Veteran currently receiving military retired pay who meets one (1) of the following:
    • Awarded a Purple Heart with a disability rating of Purple Heart Disabilities that rates at ten percent disability from June 1, 2003 to the present
    • Have a combined disability rating for combat-related disabilities that equals a minimum of sixty percent disability from June 1, 2003 to the present
    • Have a combined disability rating for combat-related disabilities that equals a minimum of ten percent from January 1, 2004 to the present

Your specific disability codes must be combat related.

Changes to the Combat-Related Special Compensation

The National Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 expanded the qualifications for eligible retired Veterans to include those who had served less than twenty years.

Applying for Combat-Related Special Compensation

If you meet the qualifications for CRSC, you may submit DD Form 2860 with proper support documentations to your specific branch of service. You will receive written notification of your approved or denied benefits. If you are approved, the DFAS will be notified, and you should begin to receive non-taxable payments in 60 to 90 days.

Counsel from Fight4Vets

The legal counsel at Fight4Vets wants to help every Veteran receive the benefits and compensation they deserve. If you have questions or need guidance in any Veterans’ benefits matter, please do hesitate to call our office today.

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