There are a host of different benefits that are available to the combat veteran, and for many years it was only possible to receive a certain kind of financial benefits at a time, you could not for example receive military retirement pay and disability pay at the same time. Because some of the heroes and combat veterans that have come back from fighting the battles for our Nation are in fact disabled and received their military disability while in the Armed Forces, the President and Congress worked to change the law. Now, it is possible of a Combat Veteran who was disabled while in military service to receive disability payments, and to also qualify for and receive military Retirement pay.
To be eligible for the Special Combat related compensation rule, you must have suffered a disability while serving in the Armed Forces as a direct result of hazardous duty, serving as an instrumentality of war, a training or simulated war exercise that resulted in your injury, and also including any armed conflict or actual combat fighting you were engaged in. To qualify for the CRSC benefits, you have to be approved for them by your branch of the service, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, or even the Coast Guard. You have to be eligible for and receiving direct compensation from the Veterans Administration, and be eligible to receive military retirement pay.
Up until this year you have to have retired with 20 years or more of service, but the law was changed in January of 2008, you don’t have to have 20 years of service anymore to retire and claim both military disability, and retirement pay from the military. Veterans with less than 20 years of military service have to have a medical retirement or other qualified retirement from the United States Armed Forces, which would make them otherwise eligible.
The CRSC benefits do not apply for reservists unless they are retired at age 60 and otherwise are disabled from service in the Military armed forces. Being able to claim both military retirement and VA disability benefits is seen as a way of compensating combat veterans who have undergone disabling injuries and received a military related disability. The amount of military disability received must be in excess of 10 percent in order to claim both types of federal payment.