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. The CRSC board is made up of former military and civilian personnel whose experiences include war-time duties, flying duties and medical training. The review board conducts a detailed analysis of your application to determine if in-service evidence exists to confirm your conditions were the direct result of a combat-related event or injury. If so, the board will authorize a special monthly payment to you called CRSC.
COMBAT RELATED DISABILITIES
Department of Defense guidance defines a combat-related disability in one of the three following ways:
A Purple Heart disability, which is a disability with an assigned medical diagnosis code from the Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, that was attributed to injuries for which the member was awarded a Purple Heart.
One with an assigned medical diagnosis code from the VASRD that was:
* incurred as a direct result of armed conflict;
* as a result of hazardous service;
* in the performance of duty under conditions simulating war; or
* through an instrumentality of war.
One with an assigned medical diagnosis code from the VASRD that was deemed presumptive or "presumed" by the VA to be incurred as a result of combat operations.
APPLYING FOR CRSC
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.
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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 January 2015)