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: To apply for CRSC, retired veterans with combat-related injuries must meet all of the following criteria:

  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)