In response to the numerous telephone calls to RAS in reference to the NDAA legislative changes for Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) the following information is provided:
Coast Guard retirees may be entitled to Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC), as authorized under 10 U.S.C. 1413a. If you have a VA-rated disability and feel it may be combat-related, complete DD Form 2860 and provide copies of the supporting documentation (as outlined in section V of the DD Form 2860) and submit the package to:
PERSONNEL SERVICE CENTER
US COAST GUARD STOP 7200
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7200
We recently received the following questions from a retiree:
Why did the VA withhold part of my disability pay? Don't they owe me that difference as part of the retro CRDP project?
Answer: Retirees cannot look at the VA payments separately from the CG & CRDP payments. They must consider all of them together to determine the proper overall entitlement and payment. In some cases where it appears the VA withheld extra monies, it is because the CG had not withheld enough monies due to late notification of a change by the VA. The net result is the correct entitlements and payments were made to the retiree. If the VA had paid the full amount, the retiree would have been overpaid by the CG and we would have had to collect that money back from you. It is much more effective and efficient to adjust payments in this manner rather than have the VA make a payment just to have the CG turnaround and collect it back as an overpayment.
CRDP - Retirees with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability of less than 100%, and more than 40% but who are rated as unemployable, are entitled to CRDP in the full amount of the VA offset or the amount of retired pay based on longevity. PSC Topeka finished a major effort to make retroactive payments to all retirees rated 50% to 90% disabled and 100% unemployable. 550 payments totaling over $12M were made on 3 Nov 08.