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14 Questions about Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits Claims 

When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.

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200 Million Still Unpaid



I have followed the CRDP and CRSC matters for years and they are still snafued-

and I bet there are still many retirees -who are eligible for one of these programs- due to receipt of VA SC comp and they dont know it yet-

The Nov 14th deadline DFAS had hoped to have this all squared away -has passed and there are thousands still waiting for some news.

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Surprise surprise the VA is late again paying Veterans money that they are owed.

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Here we go again !! Promises,promises and more promises. Uncle has been tap dancing all around. :blink:

I'm due CRSC retro pay begining from my retirement date Oct.1,2004. The longer I wait the more reto i'll receive I'll say. :rolleyes:

Good luck to all us expecting retro payment. It'll be around Jan,Feb or March time frame. I'm hoping it'll be alot sooner.

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I'm trying to determine if I'm eligible for CRSC. I am 100% DAV from Desert Storm. I am also a gray area reserve retiree

(20 yr letter) with 24 yrs and 3000 pts. 55 years old. I retired from reserve system in 2001.

I also took disability retirement from the USPS in 2005 and receive SS Disability. Do these other incomes have any effect on CRSC?

Any help appreciated.

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This is the latest info I have- please correct anyone- of this has changed-

From Military.com web site:

"CRSC is an application-claim based program versus the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program, which is an automatic entitlement from DFAS for any Retiree with a combined 50% or higher VA disability rating. Some Retirees believe they are already receiving CRSC when they are actually receiving CRDP and thus do not submit their claim for CRSC. If you are not certain what you are receiving, please check your DFAS pay stub and consider submitting your claim for CRSC. The following is a summary of the contrast between CRSC and CRDP:

Comparing CRSC and CRDP

CRSC Eligibility

Submitting a Claim

Comparing CRSC and CRDP

It is important to note that Retirees cannot receive both CRSC and CRDP and must elect one each year through an annual “program election.” Many retirees are confused about which is better for them. When making this decision, please note the following characteristics of CRSC and CRDP:


Full Concurrent Receipt Yes No - 10 Year Phase In

(Except for 100% rated Disabled Retirees)

Sample Payment for 50% Disability Rating $690 (2007) $403 (2007)

Required VA Disability Rating: 10% 50%

Taxable No Yes

VA Individual Unemployment (IU) Eligible Yes 3 Yr. Phase in (2009)

Survivor Benefit No No

Application Requirement Yes - DD 2860 No - Automatic

Type of Disability Combat Related Service Connected

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CRSC Eligibility

Eligible claimants are/ have:

Retired with 20 yrs Active or Reserve Duty;

Receiving retired pay;

Retired pay must be offset by VA payments;

A 10%+ disability rating; and

At least one combat-related disability.

Combat-Related Criteria

Combat-related criteria include those VA rated disabilities that occurred under the following situations:

In the performance of duty under conditions simulating war (e.g., named exercises, routine field training exercises/F0000000000000000000TX)

While engaged in hazardous service (e.g. flight, diving, parachute duty)

Through an instrumentality of war (e.g. combat vehicles, weapons)

As a direct result of armed conflict (e.g. Purple Heart)


Presumptive cases (e.g. Agent Orange, radiation exposure, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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CRSC Eligible retirees should submit their claim today!

Retirees can download the CRSC claim form DD 2860.

For more information on how to apply contact your parent military service branch:


Department of the Army

U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

200 Stovall Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0470

Toll-free: (866) 281-3254

Hours: 8am - 8pm EST

E-mail your questions to:


Or visit: http://www.crsc.army.mil


Department of Navy Naval Council of Personnel Boards

Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch

720 Kennon Street S.E., Suite 309

Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023

(Toll free 1-877-366-2772)


United States Air Force Personnel Center

Disability Division (CRSC)

550 C Street West, Suite 6

Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4708

(Toll Free 1-866-229-7074)


Commanding Officer (RAS)

U. S. Coast Guard Personnel Service Center

444 SE Quincy St.

Topeka, KS 66683-3591

(toll-free at 1-800-772-8724)

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the new Concurrent Receipt and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) laws. "


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Some like myself, might be waiting for their claims to be resolved. I am eligible for CRSC retroactive to February 2007, but I am waiting for the decision on my appeal which could result in eligibility for CRDP which would be a larger amount in my case. Of my current 40% rating, only 20% is combat zone related. If my appeal is successful, my total rating will be 50% resulting in CRDP eligibility.

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I agree that many potentially have a VA claim in limbo that could alter their CRDP/CRSC amount or their annual election of one or the other.

Have you formally applied with DFAS or are you waiting for your VA comp to be resolved.

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