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CRSC is designed to provide compensation for retirees with combat-related disabilities.  Case Analysts are responsible for verifying that an applicant’s disability is directly connected to combat or combat related operations as defined by OSD Program Guidance.  When submitting supporting documentation be sure it provides specifics about each disability AND the combat-related event(s) that identifies and documents the origin of the disability.

 

CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH A DISABILITY IS INCURRED:

PURPLE HEART (PH) - The disability resulted from an injury for which you were awarded the Purple Heart. This should be associated with an incident involving armed conflict. Be sure to include a copy of your Purple Heart award certificate and/or your DD 214 reflecting the award, and excerpt from your SMR that documents treatment received for the injury.

DIRECT RESULT OF ARMED CONFLICT (AC) - The disability was incurred in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict. The fact that a member incurred the disability during a period of war or an area of armed conflict or while participating in combat operations is not sufficient to support a combat-related determination. There must be a definite causal relationship between the armed conflict and the resulting disability. Armed conflict includes a war, expedition, occupation of an area or territory, battle, skirmish, raid, invasion, rebellion, insurrection, guerrilla action, riot, or any other action in which Service members are engaged with a hostile or belligerent nation, faction, force, or terrorists. Armed conflict may also include such situations as incidents involving a member while interned as a prisoner of war or while detained against his or her will in custody of a hostile or belligerent force or while escaping or attempting to escape from such confinement, prisoner of war, or detained status.

WHILE ENGAGED IN HAZARDOUS SERVICE (HS) - Such service includes: aerial flight, parachute duty, demolition duty, experimental stress duty, and diving duty. A finding that a disability is the result of such hazardous service requires that the disability be the direct result of actions taken in the performance of such service. Travel to or from such service, or actions incidental to a normal duty status not considered hazardous are not included.

NOTE: Duty aboard a submarine does not, in itself, constitute hazardous service.

IN THE PERFORMANCE OF DUTY UNDER CONDITIONS SIMULATING WAR (SW) - In general this covers disabilities resulting from simulated combat activity during military training, such as war games, practice alerts, tactical exercises, airborne operations, leadership reaction courses, grenade and live fire weapons practice, bayonet training, hand-to-hand combat training, rappelling, and negotiation of combat confidence and obstacle courses. It does not include physical training activities such as calisthenics and jogging or formation running and supervised sports activities. Merely sustaining an injury during military training without participation in combat simulation activity is not considered combat-related.

INSTRUMENTALITY OF WAR (IN) - Incurrence during an actual period of war is not required. However, there must be a direct causal relationship between the instrumentality of war and the disability. The disability must be incurred incident to a hazard or risk of the service. An instrumentality of war is a vehicle, vessel, or device designed primarily for Military Service and intended for use in such Service at the time of the occurrence or injury. It may also include such instrumentalities not designed primarily for Military Service if use of, or occurrence involving, such instrumentality subjects the individual to a hazard peculiar to Military Service. Such use or occurrence differs from the use or occurrence under similar circumstances in civilian pursuits. A determination that a disability is the result of an instrumentality of war may be made if the disability was incurred in any period of service as a result of such diverse causes as wounds caused by a military weapon, accidents involving a military combat vehicle, injury or sickness caused by fumes, gases, or explosion of military ordnance, vehicles, or material. For example, if a member is on a field exercise and is engaged in sporting activity and falls and strikes an armored vehicle, the injury will not be considered to result from the instrumentality of war (armored vehicle) because it was the sporting activity that was the cause of the injury, not the vehicle. On the other hand, if the individual was engaged in the same sporting activity and the armored vehicle struck the member, the injury would be considered the result of an instrumentality of war.

AGENT ORANGE (AO), GULF WAR (GW), RADIATION EXPOSURE (RE), MUSTARD GAS OR LEWISITE (MG) - These codes should be entered for disabilities awarded by the VA on the basis of presumptions relating to certain disabling conditions described below, even though there is no direct connection and the disability did not occur immediately. You should describe the place, period, and conditions of exposure. These conditions include exposure to Agent Orange, radiation, mustard gas or lewisite, and Gulf War service. Conditions can only be considered under these circumstances if the VA has specifically awarded them as service-connected based on presumptions that include combat-related conditions.

NO OTHER CODE APPLIES (NA) - None of the other codes above describe the circumstances under which this disability was incurred.

DEFINITIONS

1.      Documentation:  Documentation which provides evidence of the reason you are applying.  All documentation that will attribute your disability to a combat scenario or combat related.

2.      VA Combined Disability Rating Percentage:  The percent (%) at which the VA rated your disability. 

3.      VASRD:  Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities.  This is the list of all disabilities that the VA may award to retirees.

4.      VASRD Code(s):  A four (4) digit code, or series of codes, assigned to a certain disability which correspond(s) to the diagnosis of the condition or illness.

5.      Combat Related:  A disability is combat related if the disability is shown to have been incurred as the direct result of armed conflict, while engaged in hazardous service, in duties under conditions simulating war, or through an instrumentality of war.

6.      Service-Connected:  A service-connected disability is one that was incurred during the time the retiree was on active or reserve duty in the military.  It may or may not include a period of time during which the retiree was involved in combat operations.

7.      Ineligible:  The applicant does not meet the preliminary or final CRSC criteria.

8.      Incomplete:  The retiree’s application is missing information or the applicant’s signature.

9.      Initial Denial:  The applicant is found ineligible and a denial letter is sent.

10.  Denied:  The applicant is found to meet the preliminary and final CRSC criteria, BUT the disability is found NOT to be combat related.

11.  Approved:  The applicant is found to meet the preliminary and final CRSC criteria, AND the disability is found to be combat related.  An approval letter is mailed to the applicant and a copy of the letter is sent to DFAS for processing.  Payment is effected by DFAS.

ACRONYMS

1.      BCNR:  Board for Correction of Naval Records

2.      VA:  Veterans Affairs

3.      DFAS:  Defense Finance and Accounting Service

4.      DOD:  Department of Defense

5.      OSD:  Office of the Secretary of Defense

6.      SMR:  Service Medical Record

7.      VASRD:  VA Schedule of Rating Disabilities

8.      CRSC:  Combat Related Special Compensation

9.      CRDP/CDP:  Concurrent Retirement and Disability Program/Concurrent Disability Program

10.  IU:  Individual Unemployability

11.  SW:  Simulating War

12.  HS:  Hazardous Service

13.  NA:  Not Applicable or No other code Applies

14.  SMC:  Special Monthly Compensation

15.  IN:  Instrumentality of War

a.       AO:   Agent Orange

b.      RE:   Radiation Exposure

c.       GW: Gulf War

d.      MG:  Mustard Gas or Lewisite

16.  PH:  Purple Heart

17.  CR/NCR:  Combat Related/Not Combat Related