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Contemporary Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Information.

Edited to add:

Overview of Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) 12 November 2018



Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)


Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a program that was created for disability and non-disability military retirees with combat-related disabilities. It is a tax-free entitlement that replaces some or all of waived retired pay associated with the receipt of VA compensation for combat-related disabilities. VA compensation is paid in full. With CRSC you can receive an amount equal to or less than your length of service retirement pay and your VA disability compensation, if the injury is combat-related.

Eligibility
To qualify for CRSC you must:

--be entitled to and/or receiving military retired pay

--be rated at least 10 percent by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA)

--waive the amount of VA compensation from your retired pay (i.e., your retired pay is reduced by amount of VA compensation)

--file a CRSC application with your Branch of Service



Disabilities that may be considered combat related include injuries incurred as a direct result of:

--Armed Conflict

--Hazardous Duty

--An Instrumentality of War

--Simulated War



Disability retirees with less than 20 years of service will be automatically limited to a retroactive date of January 1, 2008 as required by legislation passed by Congress effective 2008.

All retroactive pay is limited to six years from the date the VA awarded compensation for each disability.



Combat-Related vs. Service-Connected (noncombat-related)
Some examples of CRSC combat-related situations (and corresponding required proof) vs. noncombat-related situations are as follows:





Simulating WarCombat-RelatedService-Connected
Must be an incident or accident directly contributed to training
for combat
  • Twisted Knee jumping into foxhole
  • Broke arm at Leadership Reaction Course
  • Sprained ankle on tactical road march
  • Dislocated shoulder during Ranger training
  • Twisted knee stepping in hole while on duty
  • Broke arm playing football
  • Sprained ankle in motor pool
  • Dislocated shoulder during physical training
Hazardous ServiceCombat-RelatedService-Connected
Must be an incident or accident linked to hazardous service
  • Flight Duty – Sprained back in hard landing
  • Demolition Duty – Hearing loss due to explosion
  • Parachute Duty – Broke arm during bad PLF
  • Diving Duty – Ruptured eardrum on accent
Disabilities not caused by a specific incident or accident, or attributed to hazardous service by the VA or a Military Treatment Facility.
Instrumentality of WarCombat-RelatedService-Connected
An Instrument of war is a piece of equipment that is unique to the military and used in a
manner for which it is intended

  • Hand crushed by armored vehicle hatch
  • Shot in foot on firing range
  • Injured by shrapnel on grenade range
  • Broke back in civilian vehicle accident
  • Hand crushed while operating fork lift
  • Off-post weapon incident
Armed ConflictCombat-RelatedService-Connected

Injury must have occurred as a direct result of armed conflict.
-Any injury or condition for which a Purple Heart was awarded
  • Gunshot wound from enemy fire
  • Shell fragment wounds sustained in combat
  • Injuries from an aircraft being shot down
  • Wounds from an IED or terrorist bomb
  • Twisted ankle stepping in a hole while in a combat zone, but while not engaged in armed conflict.
  • Injured during a sporting event or recreational activity in a hostile area
  • Diseases of nature are not considered a result of armed conflict (i.e. heart disease, malaria, or high
blood pressure, Asthma, Gout or kidney Stones)
PresumptiveCombat-RelatedService-Connected
A condition that has been recognized by the Veteran’s Affairs as being presumptive
  • Diabetes Type II as presumptive for Agent Orange
  • Fibromyalgia as presumptive for the Gulf War
  • Leukemia as presumptive for radiation exposure
  • A non-presumptive condition that is secondary to a presumptive condition
- Conditions that are not on the recognized VA list as being presumptive


Required application documentation includes:

A signed claim form (DD 2860),
DD-214, DD-215 and other typical official documents include, but are not limited to VA narrative summary letters and VA code sheets, service medical record extracts, military personnel file extracts, military personnel data system printouts, prior military disability board decisions, line of duty determinations, safety mishap (accident) reports, next of kin notification (Western Union Telegrams), casualty reports, morning reports, duty status reports, order/travel voucher, official documents not in the military personnel record, etc.


Process:

--Gather Official Military, Medical, and VA documentation:

Send to CRSC board:
copies of DD 214/215s, as well as All VA-rating decisions including the VA letter,
the VA rating decisions and the VA code sheets,
Medical Records from MTF or VA physicians only, unless referred to a private physician by the VA,
other typical official documents include, service medical record extracts, military personnel file extracts, military personnel data system printouts, prior military disability board decisions, line of duty determinations, safety mishap (accident) reports, next of kin notification (Western Union Telegrams), casualty reports, morning reports, duty status reports, order/travel voucher, official documents not in the military personnel record, etc.

--Ensure medical records or documentation should show "HOW" the injury occurred

--Obtain a claim form DD Form 2860, Claim for Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Directives Division Select DD Forms and choose 2860. Note: The current version is July 2011 at the time of the preparation of this document.

-- Submit claim, along with all supporting documentation and medical records to the service concerned.


Service CRSC Web Pages:


Army
: HRC Homepage

Air Force: Combat-Related Special Compensation

Navy/USMC: Council of Review Boards (CORB)

Coast Guard: Pay and Personnel Center (PPC), Retiree and Annuitant Services



DFAS CRSC Information: https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/disability/crsc.html


DoD 7000.14-R Financial Management Regulation Volume 7B, Chapter 63 * October 2017

VOLUME 7B, CHAPTER 63: “COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC)”

https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/documents/fmr/current/07b/07b_63.pdf
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