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Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

Combat-Related Special Compensation provides tax-free payments to retired Veterans with combat-related disabilities. You must apply for CRSC through your uniformed service. Keep reading to learn about eligibility, evidence you’ll need to provide, and how to apply.

Eligibility to apply for Combat-Related Special Compensation

You may be eligible to apply for CRSC if you meet the requirements listed here.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Are retired (and entitled to or receiving military retirement pay), and
  • Have a VA disability rating of at least 10%, and
  • Currently have your DoD retirement payments reduced by the amount of your VA disability payments

Details about your retirement eligibility requirement

One of these must be true. You:

  • Had 20 or more years of service in the military, National Guard, or Reserve, or
  • Retired for medical reasons with a disability rating of at least 30% (under Chapter 61), or
  • Are covered under the Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA), or
  • Are on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL), or
  • Are on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL)

Evidence and other documents you’ll need to provide 

Evidence that proves your disability or injuries are the result of a combat-related event, like:

  • Service medical records. These must be from when your injury happened. They must show the severity of your medical condition and that it's combat-related. Note: Provide only relevant medical records. Please don’t send us all your medical records.
  • Official service records. These include After Action Reports, Investigative Reports, personnel action requests (like DA 4187), and performance evaluations (like NCOERs and OERs).
  • Decorations and award recommendations. These include Purple Heart citations, Combat Action Badges, medals, and decorations for valor.

Other documents:

  • Retirement records. These include retirement orders and the Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer.
  • Your VA decision notice
  • Your DD214

What the evidence must show about your combat-related disability

The evidence must show that your injury happened while you were:

  • Engaged in armed conflict (in combat or during an occupation or raid), or 
  • Engaged in hazardous duty (like demolition, flying, or parachuting), or
  • Participating in war simulation activities (like live fire weapons practice or hand-to-hand combat training), or
  • Exposed to instruments of war (like a military vehicle, weapon, or chemical agent), or
  • Engaged in an activity you received a Purple Heart for

How to request the documents you need

Decision notice: Send us a request in the form of a letter or note. Be sure to ask for “my VA rating decision letter,” and sign your name. Send your request to your nearest VA regional office. Find your nearest VA regional office

Military service records: Request your military service records (including your DD214) online, by mail, or in person. Learn about how to request your military service records

How to apply for CRSC

Send your completed application, along with any supporting documents, to your uniformed service. Please don’t send original supporting documents since your uniformed service won’t return them. Send copies only. And we recommend that you make a copy of your completed application for your own records. 

Fill out a Claim for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) (DD Form 2860). 
Download DD Form 2860 (PDF)

Note: There’s a 6-year statute of limitations for CRSC. To be sure you get the full amount of your back payments, you must file your CRSC claim within 6 years of any VA rating decision or the date you become entitled to retired pay, whichever comes first. If you file your claim after this 6-year limit, you can only get up to 6 years’ worth of any payments due to you.

Uniformed service addresses

Find the correct mailing address or email address listed here (these are also on Form 2860):

United States Air Force
Disability Division (CRSC)
HQ AFPC/DPPDC
550 C Street West
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4708

Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Attn: AHRC-PDP-C (CRSC)
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept. 480
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408

Or send your application by email to usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-crsc-claims@mail.mil 

You can also use eFAX: 502-613-9550

Commander (PSC-PSD-MED)
Personnel Service Center, Attn: CRSC
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20593-7200

If you have any questions about applying for CRSC, you can email the Coast Guard at ARL-SMB-CGPSC-PSD-CRSC@uscg.mil.

Get more information about CRSC from the Coast Guard website

Secretary of the Navy
Council of Review Boards
Attn: Combat Related Special Compensation Branch
720 Kennon Street SE, Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023

Questions you may have about CRSC

Can I get back payments for CRSC?

If you were eligible for CRSC payments in the past, you may be able to get back payments. If you get a new CRSC award letter or there’s a change to your VA disability compensation award, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)—or other payment office for your uniformed service—will audit your account and determine if you should get back payments. If you’re due back payments, you’ll receive them from either DFAS or VA.

Can I ask my uniformed service to reconsider my request for CRSC?

Yes. You can ask for a reconsideration of the decision from your uniformed service if:

  • Your CRSC application gets denied, or
  • You receive a new disability rating for a condition or injury that’s combat-related, or
  • Your disability rating that’s connected to your existing CRSC changes

How to request a reconsideration

Click on your branch of service to find out how to submit your request.

If your CRSC application gets denied, you’ll receive a Reconsideration Request Form in the mail when you get your decision letter. Use this form or simply send a letter, along with any new evidence, to the Air Force asking them to reopen your claim. Be sure to sign your letter. If you need help, you can call 800-525-0102.

Note: If there’s been a change to your disability rating, please also include your most recent decision notice.

Send your completed form or a letter, along with any new evidence, to this address: 

HQ AFPC/DPFDC
550 C Street West
JBSA Randolph, TX 78150

You can also upload your form and any new evidence through the myPers website.

Log in to your myPers account

Create a myPers account

If your CRSC application gets denied, you can submit a request for reconsideration. 

Get the Reconsideration Request Form (CRSC Form 12e) from the Army's Human Resources Command website

Send your completed form and any new evidence to this address: 

Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Attn: AHRC-PDP-C (CRSC)
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept. 480
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408

Or fax it to 502-613-9550.

You can also send it by email to usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-crsc-claims@mail.mil.

If your CRSC application gets denied, you can send us a request for reconsideration. You don't need to fill out a form. Just send the Coast Guard a letter along with any new evidence.

Send your request and any new evidence to this address: 

Commander (PSC-PSD-MED)
Personnel Service Center, Attn: CRSC
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20593-7200

You can also send it by email to ARL-SMB-CGPSC-PSD-CRSC@uscg.mil.

This information applies to Veterans who served in both the Navy and the Marine Corp:

If your CRSC application gets denied, you’ll receive a reconsideration request form in the mail when you get your decision letter. You can also find this form on our website. 

Download the Reconsideration Request Form from the Secretary of the Navy website

Or you can call us at 877-366-2772 to ask us to send you the form by mail or email.

Send your completed form and any new evidence to this address:

Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards
Combat-Related Special Compensation Board
720 Kennon Street SE, Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023

You can also send it by email to CRSC@navy.mil.
 

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