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Veterans Benefits and Services

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Douglas County Veterans Service Office helps grieving spouses too

If you are a spouse grieving the loss of a service member, know your community grieves with you. The Douglas County Veterans Service Office staff is available to walk you through.

Retirement, Disability & Combat-Related Compensation

Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) for Disabled Veterans – (CRDP) restores retired pay on a graduated 10-year schedule for retirees with a 50 – 90 % VA-rated disability. Concurrent retirement payments increase by 10% per year through 2013. Veterans rated 100% disabled by the VA are entitled to full CRDP without being phased in. Veterans receiving benefits at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability are entitled to full CRDP in October 2008.

Eligibility: Veterans must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Have 20 or more years on active duty, or a reservist age 60 or order with 20 or more creditable years.
  2. Be in a retired status.
  3. Be receiving retired pay (must be offset by VA payments).

Retirees do not need to apply for this benefit. Payment is coordinated between VA and the Department of Defense (DOD). Retirees should check with DFAS to ensure CRDP payment.

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) for Retired Veterans – CRSC provides tax-free monthly payments to eligible retired veterans with combat-related injuries and to military retirees retired for disability through the military disability evaluation system with less than 20 years of service for longevity purposes. With CRSC, veterans can receive both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation.

Eligibility: Retired veterans with combat-related injuries must meet all of the following criteria to apply for CRSC:

  1. Active or reserve with 20 years of creditable service or medically retired.
  2. Receiving military retired pay.
  3. Have a 10% or greater VA-rated injury.
  4. Military retired pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver).

In addition, veterans must be able to provide documentary evidence that their injuries were a result of one of the following:

  • Purple Heart
  • Agent Orange
  • Radiation Exposure
  • Gulf War, Mustard Gas or Lewisite
  • Training that simulates war (e.g., exercises, field training)
  • Hazardous duty (e.g., flight, diving, parachute duty)
  • An instrumentality of war (e.g., combat vehicles, weapons, Agent Orange)
  • Armed conflict (e.g., gunshot wounds, punji stick injuries)

For more information, please visit or call the toll free phone number for the veteran’s branch of service:

  • Army: 866.281.3254
  • Air Force: 800.616.3775
  • Navy: 877.366.2772
  • Coast Guard: 866.307.1336
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