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Combat-Related Special Compensation

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It has been said that depression is the slow bleeding of the soul, and we must continue to encourage Soldiers to reach out and get help. Be the tourniquet that stops the bleeding of these priceless souls."

- Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, the commander of Division West, 1st Army at Fort Carson, Colo. at Fort Knox, Ky. about suicide prevention

Graham family shares its losses, memories, voice

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"We make up one of the most diverse organizations on earth. So it is very important to recognize different geographical and cultural backgrounds of each one of us. It's not easy for anyone, but we choose not to relinquish our Army values."

- Master Sgt. Mark T. Harris, equal opportunity advisor for 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade and Area III, Korea

Former drill sergeant takes equal opportunity guidance to heart

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

August 2009

August 7: Purple Heart Day

August 26: Women's Equality Day : See Women in the Army Web page

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Combat-Related Special Compensation

What is it?

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) was enacted by Congress on December 2, 2002. CRSC restores military retired pay that is offset when a military retiree accepts compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a combat-related disability or condition. This allows eligible retirees to concurrently receive an amount equal to or less than their length of service retirement pay and their VA-disability compensation, if the injury is combat-related.

CRSC is available to retirees from each branch of service. To qualify for CRSC, retirees must meet three basic criteria: 1) they must be receiving military retired pay, 2) they must have had their military retired pay reduced by VA-disability payments (VA waiver), and 3) they must have a 10 percent or greater VA-rated disability that can be linked to a combat-related event through official military documentation. Combat-related injuries are defined as those that are a result of armed conflict, hazardous duty, an instrumentality of war or training that simulates war.

What has the Army done?

To better educate retirees about CRSC, the program launched an extensive outreach effort which has included messages to key audiences, educational materials, an enhanced Web site and media outreach, along with numerous appearances and briefings at significant military and government events.

An important part of the outreach effort has been the CRSC Ambassador program, which provides education and support to military retirees. CRSC Ambassadors assist retirees through the claims process - from filling out the claim form, to gathering documentation, to final submission.

Since its inception, the Army's CRSC program has paid out over $2.1 billion to recipients. Currently, there are 42,500 retirees who are receiving the Army's CRSC benefit.

What efforts does the Army plan to coordinate in the future?

The Army will continue efforts to raise awareness throughout the Army community concerning CRSC and the benefits it provides to eligible military retirees.

Why is CRSC important to the Army?

CRSC is part of the Army's commitment of continued care to Soldiers and their families, beyond their military service.

Resources:

Army CRSC Web site

Army CRSC Email

Army CRSC toll-free number: 1-866-281-3254

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