CitizenSoldierLaw’s Take On Combat-Related Special Compensation
Are You Eligible?
You must be retired, have a VA rating of at least 10% and currently have your DoD retirement payments reduced by the amount of your VA disability payments
What else must be true?
One of the following:
- 20 years of service
- Medical retirement with a disability rating of at least 30%
- TERA, TDRL or PDR
It is an evidence-based system
Engaged in armed conflict (in combat or during an occupation or raid), or
- Instrumentality of war, simulated combat
- Hazardous duty (handling explosives, involved in demolition, use of parachutes or flying as a crew chief or pilot
- Combatives training, live fire, hand to hand combat training
- Use of an instrument of war caused injury, such as naval equipment on deck, Bradleys, tanks, artillery injuries or even use of chemical agents
You’ll need your military records and statements in support. Never send originals, which is a rule for life, I have learned as a lawyer. We can help you find all of your records but certainly include the basics, DD-214 and awards about your combat service.
You Can Receive Retroactive back payments for CRSC?
To receive full back pay, your claim must be filed within 6 years of your VA rating or when you became entitled to retired pay (which ever one comes first). If your claim is filed after 6 years you may only be entitled to 6 years of any payments due.
If you need to request Reconsideration
You can retain us for advice on completing your DD Form 2860 and we’ll do our best to give you the best chance of prevailing the first time. If you need to have your branch of service reconsider a denial, we really urge you to call us. Applying for a third time, even with a lawyer, after two denials, is not necessarily the “Charm.”