Applying for CRSC

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Applying for CRSC

Military retirees who receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pay and think they are eligible for Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) must apply to their branch of service.

When to Apply

You should submit a CRSC application if:
  • you think you are eligible for CRSC and have never applied.
  • you have been approved for CRSC, but you have more disabilities that you think might qualify.
  • the VA has recently added more disabilities to your rating that you think might qualify.

The VA recently expanded coverage to those suffering from the following medical conditions associated with Agent Orange.

  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia
  • other Chronic B-cell Leukemia

If you have received a VA rating that includes one of these conditions, you should consider applying or reapplying for CRSC.

How to Apply

1. If you are applying for the first time, complete DD Form 2860. If you are reapplying for new disabilities, request a reconsideration application from your service branch.

2. Include documents you feel will help your case. These might include:

  • Retirement orders
  • 20-year letter or statement of service (for reservists)
  • Relevant pages in your VA or service medical record
  • VA ratings
  • Purple Heart award citations
  • Retirement Form DD214

Your branch will make decisions based on what you send. The quality of the information is more important than quantity.

Send copies, not original documents. Your branch will not return them.

3. Mail or fax your application to your branch of service. You can’t submit it electronically.


Mailing Address

Telephone, Email and Internet

Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command

ATTN: CRSC Division

1600 Spearhead Division Avenue

Fort Knox, KY 40122

Telephone: 866-281-3254 (Toll Free)




Navy and Marine Corps


Mailing Address

Telephone, Email and Internet

Department of Navy Naval Council of Review Boards
Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch
720 Kennon Street S.E., Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023

Telephone: 877-366-2772 (Toll Free)





Air Force


Mailing Address

Telephone, Email and Internet

United States Air Force Personnel Center
Disability Division (CRSC)
550 C Street West, Suite 6
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4708

Telephone: 800-525-0102



4. Your branch of service will notify you of their decision in writing. If approved, they will forward us a copy of your approval letter.

5. We will start your monthly payments 30 to 60 days after your branch sends your approval letter. We will make any retroactive payment due 30 days after making your first monthly payment.

Page updated February 15, 2012