31 Aug Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
The military is rife with underutilized and virtually unheard of benefits. One of those benefits is combat-related special compensation (CRSC)—monthly compensation for service-connected, combat-related injuries. While many individuals are familiar with and utilize typical veterans’ disability compensation benefits, standard VA benefits actually reduce the amount of retirement pay that a veteran may receive. CRSC, however, serves to help offset the difference between what you should be receiving in military retirement pay and what you are actually receiving.
Unfortunately, many individuals are denied CRSC for reasons ranging from a too low disability rating to the misclassification of an injury. If you believe that you have been wrongfully denied benefits for combat-related injuries, the veterans’ benefits attorneys at Klok Law Firm LLC can help you appeal the decision and obtain the disability compensation you rightfully deserve.
Combat-Related Special Compensation Eligibility Requirements
In order for a veteran to be eligible for combat-related special compensation, they must have served in the military for 20 years or more, and they must be eligible for or currently receiving military retirement pay. Should they meet both of those criteria, they must also:
- Provide documentation showing that the combat-related injury was due to one of the following: purple heart, armed conflict, simulating war, hazardous service, an instrumentality of war, agent orange, radiation exposure, Gulf War, mustard gas or lewisite
- Have a combined disability rating for all combat-related injuries that is at least 10 percent
- Have military retirement pay reduced by VA disability payments
Unfortunately, not all service members with combat-related injuries who meet one or more of the above criteria are eligible for CRSC. Uniformed services reserve members who receive retirement benefits based on non-service related disabilities and retirees who combine military and civil service retirements are not eligible for combat-related disability benefits (Military.com).
What Makes an Injury “Combat Related?”
While it is up to the service member’s branch of service to determine whether or not an injury is combat-related, a combat-related injury is typically defined as one of the following:
- An injury sustained during a war simulation
- An injury sustained while performing a hazardous duty
- An injury sustained while using an instrument of war
- An injury sustained during the armed conflict
Get Help From a South Carolina Veterans’ Disability Attorney
If you believe that you meet all of the eligibility requirements but were denied CRSC benefits, you can file for reconsideration with your particular military branch. However, appealing the VA board’s decision can be a complicated, time-consuming, and often futile task. However, with an experienced South Carolina veterans’ disability attorney on your side, you stand a better chance to achieve a beneficial outcome much quicker than had you attempted to do so on your own.
At Klok Law Firm LLC, our Mount Pleasant veterans’ disability attorneys advocate for veterans rights when they have been denied those rights for an unjust reason.
Contact our Mount Pleasant law firm to schedule a free consultation today.