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Combat-Related Special Compensation

Combat-Related Special Compensation
The Air Force Combat-Related Special Compensation program is managed by the USAF Physical Disability Division of the Air Force Personnel Center.


CRSC Eligibility

In order to be eligible for CRSC, members must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. Member must receive military retirement pay for one of the following reasons:
    • Served in the Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard with 20 years of creditable service;
    • Served in the Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air national Guard and is also a permanent medical retiree (Chapter 61) regardless of years served;
    • Served in the Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard and is classified as a Temporary Disability Retirement List retiree regardless of years served; or
    • Served in the Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard and is classified as a Temporary Early Retirement Act retiree with 15-19 years served.

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

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

  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
Agent Orange, Radiation Exposure and Mustard Gas or Lewisite presumptive conditions must be identified on their respective presumptive lists and must meet all other presumptive requirements, such as location, operations, etc. Up to date lists can be found on the Veterans Affairs website at


To apply for CRSC, you must first determine your eligibility; then complete an application for CRSC, using DD Form 2860, Application for Combat-Related Special Compensation.


Once CRSC claims are approved, AFPC will send approval documents to both you and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. DFAS will then calculate and begin CRSC payments within 60 to 90 working days of receiving the approval letter.


Agent Orange

Regulation Takes Effect for 3 More Agent Orange-related Diseases: As of Oct. 30, 2010, eligible Vietnam-era Veterans exposed to herbicides and disabled by chronic b-cell leukemias, Parkinson's disease, or ischemic heart disease, may begin receiving disability and health care benefits on approved claims. Vietnam Veterans may apply for disability compensation for these diseases using VA's Fast Track Claims Processing System.

Veterans with Thailand Service: Vietnam-era Veterans who served in Thailand on or near the perimeters of military bases may have been exposed to herbicides and may qualify for VA benefits. Learn more ....

Chapter 61 Updates
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law on Jan. 28, 2008. Guidance to implement this program was received June 9, 2008. It expanded the eligibility of CRSC to include anyone receiving military retired pay. This includes Medical Chapter 61, Temporary Early Retirement Act and Temporary Disabled Retirement List  retirees. These new eligible components for CRSC went into effect Jan. 1, 2008. Medical and TERA retirees must still provide documentation that shows a causal link between a current VA disability and a combat-related event. To apply, individuals need to complete a DD Form 2860 with the required documentation attached. For more information, call 800-525-0102, Option 5, Option 1.

Combat-Related Special Compensation
CRSC is part of a legislative initiative designed to restore a veteran's military retirement pay that has been offset (reduced) by Veterans Affairs compensation when the veteran's disabilities are combat-related. CRSC was enacted by Congress through Public Law 107-314, Dec. 2, 2002, and later expanded under Public Law 108-136, Nov. 24, 2003.


Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay
CRDP is similar to CRSC. It is also designed to restore military retired pay that has been offset by Veterans Affairs compensation; however, there is no combat-related requirement for this pay. To be eligible, you must have a total disability rating from the VA of 50 percent or more. CRDP is automatic, so no application is needed, but payments are on a phased-in schedule. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service manages this program.

(Updated as of June 2015)

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