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             NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR UNIFORMED SERVICES

                          SPECIAL RELEASE

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        COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC) PROGRAM

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DOD has released the highly anticipated Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Program information and it is posted on the NAUS Home Page (www.naus.org).  The information available for viewing and downloading are:

 

 * Program Guidance,

 * General Guidance and

 * The Application For Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)-DD Form 2860 Test, May 2003.

 

Note:  The 5-page DD Form 2860, and the 15-page Program Guidance are in PDF format and require Acrobat Reader to open these documents.   A free copy of Acrobat Reader can be downloaded to your computer from the Adobe Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/. 

 

To assist you to determine if you qualify for CRSC, the following items, 9, 10, 11 and 12 were extracted from Section II - Preliminary CRSC Criteria of DD Form 2860.  After each question there is a block for the applicant to respond Yes or No.  A Yes response is required for items 9, 10 and 11 and at least one Yes in 12 is required to be eligible.  According to the form, applications that do not meet ALL the criteria will be denied. 

 

SECTION II - PRELIMINARY CRSC CRITERIA

NOTE:  You must meet ALL criteria of this section or your application will be denied

 

9.  ANSWER ONLY THE ONE PART THAT APPLIES TO YOUR RETIREMENT:

    A. FOR REGULAR OR DISABILITY RETIREMENTS ONLY:  Do You Have 20 Or More Years Of Service Creditable For The Computation Of The Amount Of Your Retired Pay?

    B. FOR NON-REGULAR (RESERVE) RETIREMENT (RETIRED PAY BASED ON POINTS) ONLY.

        Do You Have 7,200 Points Or More For The Computation Of Retired Pay?

 

10.  ARE YOU IN A RETIRED STATUS (I.E., ARE YOU ON THE RETIRED ROLLS, OR HAVE YOU BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE FLEET RESERVE OR FLEET MARINE CORPS RESERVE)?

     Members Recalled To, Or Retained On, Active Duty Are Not In A Retired Status During The Period Of Such Recall Or Retention.

 

11.  ARE YOU ENTITLED TO RETIRED PAY?

     YES - Indicates Members Who Have Waived Military Retired Pay To Receive VA Disability Compensation.

     NO - Includes Members Who Have Waived Military Retired Pay In Order To Credit Military Service For The Purposes Of A Civil Service Retirement, Or For Any Reason Other Than To Receive Disability Compensation From The VA.

 

12.  ANSWER ALL PARTS:

   A. HAVE YOU BEEN AWARDED A PURPLE HEART AND DO YOU RECEIVE VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION BASED ON A COMBINED DISABILITY RATING OF AT LEAST 10%?

   B. DO YOU RECEIVE VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION BASED ON A CURRENT COMBINED RATING OF AT LEAST 60%?

   C. HAVE YOU BEEN AWARDED A PURPLE HEART AND DID YOU RECEIVE A COMBINED DISABILITY RATING FROM THE SECRETARY OF A MILITARY DEPARTMENT, AS OF THE DATE ON WHICH YOU RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT, OF AT LEAST 10%?

   D. DID YOU RECEIVE A COMBINED DISABILITY RATING FROM THE SECRETARY OF A MILITARY DEPARTMENT, AS OF THE DATE ON WHICH YOU RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT, OF AT LEAST 60%?

 

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ITEMS 9, 10, 11, AND AT LEAST ONE PART OF ITEM 12, YOU APPEAR TO MEET THE PRELIMINARY CRSC CRITERIA AND YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO SECTION III.  OTHERWISE, DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION, BUT YOU MAY APPLY LATER IF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE AND YOU MEET THE PRELIMINARY CRSC CRITERIA. 

 

SECTION III - FINAL CRSC CRITERIA

ORIGIN OF DISABILITIES COMPENSATED BY THE VA

     Final CRSC criteria require either a Purple Heart related injury rated at or above 10%, or combat-related injuries with a combined rating at or above 60%.  If you believe you meet one of these Final CRSC Criteria, you should complete the application.  If you do not believe you meet one of these final criteria, you should not complete the application, but you may apply later if your circumstances change and you believe you meet these Final CRSC Criteria....

 

Also Part Of The Application Form Is An Explanation Concerning The Circumstances Under Which A Disability Is Incurred Under the Following Headings:

 

  * PURPLE HEART (PH)

 

  * DIRECT RESULT OF ARMED CONFLICT (AC)

 

  * WHILE ENGAGED IN HAZARDOUS SERVICE (HS)

 

  * IN THE PERFORMANCE OF DUTY UNDER CONDITIONS SIMULATING WAR (SW).

 

  * INSTRUMENTALITY OF WAR (IN)

 

  * AGENT ORANGE (AO), GULF WAR (GW), RADIATION EXPOSURE (RE), MUSTARD GAS OR LEWISITE (MG)

 

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