Do you receive military retired pay and VA disability compensation? You may be entitled to more. The Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) was enacted to provide compensation for service members who sustained a disability in combat. Simply put, CRSC can replace the VA disability compensation that is subtracted from your retired pay. The CRSC program launched in 2003. Since then, more than half (55%) of CRSC applications have been approved. However, the Department of Defense (DOD) estimates that less than 1/3 of eligible service members have applied for CRSC.
Disability compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to disabled veterans who incurred a serious injury or disease in the line of duty. Disability compensation may be the result of a physical injury that the veteran suffered on duty, or a disease that is related to past service. For example, a veteran might receive disability compensation for a disease related to toxic exposure – even if the disease did not manifest itself until the veteran retired. At Bosley & Bratch, we believe that service members deserve compensation for their injuries. That’s why our firm is dedicated to helping veterans obtain the benefits that they need.
Do you qualify for CRSC?
You must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for this program:
- Receiving military retired pay (longevity or medical)
- Military retired pay is reduced by VA disability payments
- Have a 10% or greater combat-related VA-rated disability
An injury is “combat-related” if it was incurred during armed conflict, by the instrumentality of war, in hazardous duty, or during combat training. Military training includes practice alerts, war games, tactical exercises, leadership reaction courses, grenade practice, live fire weapons practice, bayonet training, rappelling, and hand-to-hand combat training. Hazardous duty injuries occur during aerial flight, parachute duty, experimental stress duty, diving duty, and demolition duty. Instrumentality of war injuries are the result of weapons, combat vehicles, and chemical weapons. An instrumentality of war includes any vehicle or vessel that is designed for military service.
Armed conflict injuries include disabilities that were acquired in the line of duty. Armed conflict injuries include diseases and physical disabilities. The term “conflict” can refer to raids, invasion, rebellion, skirmishes, battles, expedition, and war. Additionally, conflict includes battle, etc., brought against belligerent nations, hostile nations, factions, forces or terrorists. CRSC is also available for individuals who suffered a disability as a prisoner of war. You will not qualify for CRSC unless you are a military retiree active, medically retired, or reserve duty. If you served the military for less than 20 years, you will not qualify for CRSC.
How much is CRSC worth?
The value of CRSC benefits depends on your personal circumstances, but can range between $117 per month to $2772 or more. The amount of money that you receive each month is determined by your number of dependents, your disability rating, and other considerations. To apply for CRSC benefits, you must submit your claim to you parent military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps).
Contact Our Veterans Disability Lawyers Today
Our team of veterans disability lawyers is dedicated to helping members of the armed forces obtain the fair benefits that they need and deserve. With more than 80 years of legal experience, we are confident in our ability to help you. If you or a loved one may be entitled to CRSC benefits, contact our team today so that our firm can guide you through application process. Take the first step toward the benefits you need and call our office today or fill out an online case evaluation form.