The Navy and Marine Corps Combat-Related Special Compensation program under the auspices of the Director, Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards located at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASN for M&RA) is our oversight and leadership at the top.
What is the CRSC Board?
Combat-Related Special Compensation is a monthly compensation paid for combat-related disabilities. CRSC was designed to restore a veteran's military retirement pay that has been offset by VA compensation when sufficient evidence exists to confirm the veteran's disability is combat-related.
Note: Spouses of deceased retirees (including other former spouses) are not eligible for CRSC. CRSC is considered "special compensation" and not retired pay, it is not subject to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA).
Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides military Retirees a tax-free monthly compensation that is intended to replace some or all of the retired pay that is withheld due to receipt of VA compensation. CRSC is payable for disabilities that are found to be related to combat, including disabilities that were incurred in actual combat, while engaged in hazardous service, in the performance of duty simulating war, training for combat or as a result of an instrumentality of war. The amount of CRSC payable is directly related to the evaluation(s) assigned to combat-related disabilities, but cannot exceed the amount of withheld retired pay. Retirees cannot receive benefits simultaneously under both, CRSC and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP), programs.
Beginning with the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) premiums due in April of 2018, DFAS will start deducting SBP premiums from Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) when retired pay is not sufficient to cover the full amount of the premiums. This new deduction is due to a change in the law which requires DFAS to deduct SBP premiums from CRSC. Click here for more information.
Navy and Marine Corps Retirees (including chapter 61 Retirees) are qualified to receive CRSC if they have a Combat-Related VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher and are drawing retirement pay which is reduced by a VA waiver.
In addition, the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) expands CRSC eligibility to cover those who were medically retired under Chapter 61, Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA), and Temporary Disable Retirement List (TDRL) Retirees with less than 20 years of service. Medical and TERA Retirees must still provide documentation that shows a causal link between a current VA disability and a combat related event.Note: There is a Six Year Statute of Limitations: CRSC is subject to the 6-year statute of limitations, 31 U.S.C., Section 3702(b). In order to receive the full retroactive CRSC entitlement, you must file your CRSC claim within 6 years of the date of any VA rating decision that could potentially make you eligible for CRSC or the date you become entitled to retired pay, whichever is more recent. If you file your claim more than 6 years after initial eligibility, you will be restricted to 6 years of any retroactive entitlement. Any questions relating to the payment of this claim must be addressed to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who is the pay authority for CRSC. *The six-year statute of limitations extends backwards from the original date of application where the retiree meets all eligibility requirements.
CRSC Programs : The Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program was enacted by Congress on 2 December 2002. In accordance with specific guidance, the CRSC program provides compensation for certain Uniformed Service Retirees with combat-related disabilities. The original CRSC program (CRSC I) began 1 June 2003 for active duty Retirees with 20 years of service. The CRSC II program was created 1 January 2004 to offer compensation for a larger group of combat-disabled Retirees, including reserve Retirees at the age of 60.
Calculating CRSC :
(1) Subtract each disability percent from 100% to obtain the remaining efficiencies
(2) Multiply the remaining efficiencies together
(3) Subtract the result from 100%
(4) Round to the nearest 10%, round up for 5% or above
Example Calculation : Assuming a retired Service member has three disability ratings of 40%, 30% and 20%, using the above formula results in a combined disability of 70%, as follows:
(1) 100%-40%=60%; 100%-30%=70%; and 100%-20%=80%
(2) 60% x 70% x 80% = 34%
(3) 100% - 34% = 66%
(4) 66% rounds up to a 70% combined disability.
Note: Any questions relating to the payment of CRSC claims must be addressed to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who is the pay authority for CRSC.
Special rules regarding chapter 61 Retirees : Disability Retirees (even those with less than twenty years of service) are eligible for CRSC but the rate of payment must be reduced by the difference between retired pay based upon disability and retired pay for years of service.
Applying for CRSC : DD Form 2860 must be submitted to the Navy CRSC Board
at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. for an eligible retiree to be considered along with the following documents:
Essential Documents :
All available DD 214s/215s
All complete Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rating Decisions/ VA Physician Reports/ VA Medical Records (including the VA letter, the actual VA rating decisions and the VA code sheets).
Highly Recommended Documents :
Award Certificates and/or narratives
Military Medical Treatment Facility Records
Physical Evaluation Board Proceedings