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Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

Program Description

The Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program was enacted by Congress on 2 December 2002. The CRSC program provides compensation for eligible MILITARY retirees with combat-related disabilities.  The Army CRSC program is operated by the Army Human Resources Command (HRC) under the direction of the United States Army Physical Disability Agency. Since the programs launch (June, 2003), 30% of eligible retired Soldiers have applied for CRSC and 55% of claims have been approved. 238,000 retired Soldiers are eligible for CRSC (as of 02/27/06) with an increase of 2,500 eligible annually. CRSC provides a monthly tax-free compensation (full concurrent receipt option) that supplements Veterans Administration (VA) disability and military retired payments. To apply for CRSC, claimants must first meet ALL four of the following criteria AND have at least one VA rated injury determined to have been combat-related:

  • Active, Reserve, or Medically retired with at least 20 years of service

  • Receiving retired pay

  • Retired pay is OFFSET by VA payments and

  • Have 10% or greater VA rated injury.

    Combat-related injuries are those incurred with documented proof and fall into the following four categories:
  • Training that simulates war

  • Hazardous duty

  • Instrumentality of war, or
  • Armed conflict
  • General Program Requirements

    In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a military retiree active, reserve duty, or medically retired with at least 20 qualifying years.  You must also be drawing retirement pay as well as VA compensation, and you must have a VA disability rating of 10% or more.  You must also have at least one VA rated disability that is combat-related.  Combat-related disabilities are those that were incurred while in the performance of duty under conditions simulating war, while engaged in hazardous service, through an instrumentality of war, or as a direct result of armed conflict.

    Application Process

    For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

    For more information, please visit:
    [email protected]

    Send correspondence to:
    U.S. Army Physical Disabilities Agency/Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
    200 Stovall Street
    Alexandria, VA 22332-0470