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 branch of service.
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.
Navy and Marine Corps
Telephone, Email and Internet
Department of Navy
Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards
Combat Related Special Compensation
720 Kennon Street SE, Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
Telephone: 877-366-2772 (Toll Free)
Air Force and Space Force
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. Please see the How Long Does It Take page for typical processing time frames.
Find out more about the VA Waiver, CRDP and CRSC on the webpage: Understanding the VA Waiver and Retired Pay/CRDP/CRSC Adjustments
Page last updated February 15, 2023