Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides tax—free monthly payments to eligible retired Veterans with combat—related injuries. With CRSC, Veterans can receive both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation if the injury is combat—related.
Eligibility: Retired Veterans with combat—related injuries must meet all of the following criteria to apply for CRSC:
- 1. Active or Reserve component with 20 years of creditable service or medically retired.
- 2. Receiving military retired pay.
- 3. Have a 10 percent or greater VA—rated injury.
- 4. Military retired pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver).
In addition, Veterans must be able to provide documentary evidence that their injuries were a result of one of the following:
- • Training that simulates war (e.g., exercises, field training)
- • Hazardous duty (e.g., flight, diving, parachute duty)
- • An instrumentality of war (e.g. combat vehicles, weapons, Agent Orange)
- • Armed conflict (e.g. gunshot wounds, Purple Heart)