Editor’s note: The following is a continuation of a previous column by Thomas Crisp.
CRSC compensation for medical retirees is calculated by DFAS using a complicated formula that takes into account the PEB, VA and CRSC -percentages. CRSC pay can never exceed what would have been the years of service (YOS) retired pay amount, but can be much less and sometimes zero. CRSC pay is not taxed.
At www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/woundedwarrior/disabledretireest.htm medical retirees can determine the approximate CRSC pay they will receive. Applicants may apply for CRSC under one of four categories: 1) Direct result of Armed Conflict (AC), 2) while engaged in Hazardous Service (HS), 3) in the performance of duty under conditions Simulating War (SW), and 4) disabilities resulting from the operation of an Instrumentality of War (IN).
For a CRSC claim to be approved, there must be a direct causal relationship between the armed conflict or training exercise that simulates war and the resulting disability. The CRSC board makes combat-related determinations only on VA rated service connected disabilities. Slips, trips, and falls, lifting heavy objects, as well as physical training, are not combat-related disabilities.
The fact that a veteran incurred a disability during a period of war or simulated war; or in an area of armed or simulated conflict, or while participating in combat or simulated combat operations; is not sufficient to support a combat-related determination.
Only the CRSC Board for each branch of service is authorized to make combat-related determinations. Combat Zone (CZ) notations in VA and PEB documents are not combat related determinations.
A reconsideration request to the CRSC Board is required if your VA rating percentage increases due to the VA approval of a new or unclaimed disability.
For further explanation of reconsideration requests go to public.navy.mil/asnmra/corb/CRSCB/Pages/CRSCB%20main%20page.aspx. This site should be reviewed the prior to applying or contacting the Board at public.navy.mil/asnmra/corb/CRSCB.
The primary means of communication with the DoN CRSC Board is by email at: CRSC@navy.mil. If you want a call, send an email with your phone number.
The U.S. Navy has instructed housekeepers to remove Gideon-placed Bibles from every hotel room on its military bases after it received a letter from the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). “We were told today, June 23, 2014, that due to a new policy by the CEO of NEXCOM, Rear Admiral Robert J. Bianchi, we were to remove the Bibles from the rooms,” a housekeeper told AFA in an email.
“They told us to put them in boxes, where they would be taken to a donation center somewhere.” NEXCOM (Navy Exchange Service Command) issued the directive to bases offering hotel accommodations, ordering them to impound Bibles from 34 Navy Lodge locations and 24,000 Navy Gateway Inns & Suites guest rooms on Navy bases worldwide.
The directive orders lodge managers to contact base commanders and Chaplains and facilitate removing the Bibles and other “religious material currently in the guest rooms.”
The Air Force tried unsuccessfully to remove Bibles from its lodgings in 2012, but after public outcry, the Air Force reversed itself.
The AFA (American Family Association) is asking the military community to Contact Rear Admiral Robert. J. Bianchi, urging him to reverse the decision to remove Gideon Bibles from base hotel rooms. Also Michael Bockelman, VP NEXCOM, who actually approved the directive.
They have provided thero telephone, and email data at www.afa.net/action-alerts/navy-orders-bibles-removed-from-base-hotels/?utm_source=AFAActionAlert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=16778951&utm_content=22367081750&utm_campaign=14941 along with a suggested message to send them. One of AFA’s major concerns is why the Navy would take its orders from groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, whose goal is to completely cleanse the military of religious freedom.