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Posted 9/6/2011 Printable Fact Sheet

Once Combat-Related Special Compensation 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. CRSC payments will be effective the date you became eligible for CRSC, i.e., the date the program began, or the date your military retired pay was first offset by VA disability compensation, whichever is later. DFAS will coordinate with the VA on any subsequent percentage increases or decreases to your CRSC-approved ratings and adjust your payments as needed.

If the VA makes changes to the diagnosis or coding of your approved condition(s), or the VA awards compensation for new conditions, send copies of those changes to AFPC for review since this may impact your CRSC payments.

Inquiries regarding CRSC payments should be addressed to the DFAS Retired and Annuity Pay Contact Center at the following toll-free numbers: (800) 321-1080.

People who receive a new VA disability rating should review the CRSC criteria to determine if the new disability could be combat-related. If you believe it is, send a complete copy of the new rating decision to AFPC and a request for consideration of the new disability. Include any additional documentation that may also support your new claim (such as medical documentation, line of duty incident reports, etc.)

CRSC, currently tax-free, will be deposited to the same account where you receive your retired pay. In the event your VA disability compensation offset exceeds your retired pay, CRSC will be deposited to the account where you receive your VA payment.

Many variables will affect the amount of CRSC compensation you will receive; however, the monthly amount of CRSC cannot exceed the gross monthly amount of your retired pay. The payment amount will depend on your combined CRSC disability rating.

Should your CRSC payments stop, this may be due to a change in the coding of your VA ratings. If your disabilities were recently reviewed and adjusted, and the VA changed the codes in their system, this may cause a mismatch between the DFAS CRSC record (developed from the approval information AFPC provided them) and the adjusted VA files.

Additional circumstances may affect the amount of CRSC you receive. For further assistance or questions, call the Total Force Service Center at 1-800-525-0102, Option 5, Option 1.

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