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Golden Dragons Weekly Binder 25 MARCH 2011

EVENTS/MEETINGS/FUNDRAISERS: FRG Leaders Contact Information HHC: frghhc114@hotmail.com A Co: acofrg114@gmail.com B Co: Bco_frg@yahoo.com C Co: 114CCOFRG@gmail.com D Co: Delta_company_frg@ yahoo.com 66th ENG Co: 66thengcofrg@gmail.com 1-14 IN BN Staff Duty (available 24 hours): 808-655-6846 2SBCT Staff Duty (available 24 hours): 808-655-9200 Military Family Life Consultant Laurie Terhune: 808-225-5149 mflc.2ndbct@gmail.com Chaplain Ronaldo Pascua ronaldo.pascua@us.army.mil 808-295-8110 Chaplain’s Assistant SPC Gary Muckelvaney 655-0278 gary.muckelvaney@us.army.mil 1-14 IN BN FRSA M. Aloha Valverde Office: (808) 655-1823 Marie.valverde@ us.army.mil

Dragons Den: If you are interested in purchasing BN merchandise please contact LT Rooney at (808)655-9924 or stop by the BN HQ. Pre ordered Zip up and/or Pullover black sweatshirts are available for pick up. Limited amount of extras available for sale. Car Wash Dates: A Co 14 April B Co 31 March C Co 2 May 66th ENG Co 5 April SBMA Poker Ride: Saturday, 9 April $40 registration has been extended to 21 March. Operation Bunny Hop: Thursday, 15 April 2011 starting at 1600. This event is hosted by 500th MI in A Quad.

FRG Meetings: HHC: 26 March 11:00am BN Classroom A CO: 27 March 12:00 BN Classroom D CO: 27 March 11:00 BN Classroom 66th: 25 March 3:00pm BN Classroom Battalion Banner & Sign Making: The Battalion classroom will be open on Sunday, 10 April and Sunday, 17 April at 10:00 am for anyone who is interested in making welcome home banners and signs. Please contact your FRG Leader for more information. Town Hall Brief: Tuesday, 3 May at SGT Smith Theater SB. 6:00p.m.

Save The Date Golden Dragons Homecoming Ball Friday, 26 AUG 2011 See flyer inside for more information

Information Worth Reading COLA SURVEY Military personnel in Hawaii have an opportunity to affect their paychecks this year by participating in an online Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) Living Pattern Survey (LPS) from 1-31 March 2011. This survey of Families' shopping patterns will affect the COLA that military stationed in Hawaii receive each month. It is available at http://www.pacom.mil and https://community.apan.org/pop/ All uniformed military members assigned to Hawaii for at least 3 months, who do not reside in the barracks, should take the survey. This includes U.S. Public Health Services and Army National Guard personnel. Service Members are encouraged to take the survey at home with their Families to ensure that input is received from

Walk to Iraq and Back Miles:

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the people who actually do the shopping for the household. Maximum participation is key to a successful Hawaii LPS, and ultimately, a fair and accurate COLA rate. Road Closures Area Affected: Closure of Warner Road, Fort Shafter, between buildings 442 and 443. The closure is necessary to complete a roofing project. Date Starts: 3/28/2011, 0700 Date Ends: 4/8/2011, 1630

Military Child in Hawaii Survey: The School Liaison Office reminds parents with children 10 years of age and older to complete the Military Child in Hawaii survey at www.hawaiikids.org. The survey is for public, private, char-

ter, and homeschooled students to share their experience with moving in and out of Hawaii. Data will be used to improve the quality of education for military children in Hawaii. The Army has a goal of 1500 participants by 1 July, so please fill out the survey today and be eligible for iTunes cards, MP3 Players, and a flat screen HD TV.


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WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND HERE? Career Fair Make connections with federal hiring agencies, local and national companies, military contractors, and staffing agencies at the ACS Career Fair. Over 40 employers accepting resume applications on site. Don’t forget to bring copies of your resume and dress for success! Kalakua Community Center, 15 April from 10:00 am until 2:00 p. Call 6554227 and ask for employment readiness for more information. Parents Night Out March 26, 2011 is the next Schofield Barracks Parents Night Out. Children can be dropped off at Schofield CDC and Schofield School Age Center. For more info or to make a reservation, please call 655-5314. Army Emergency Relief Scholarships - MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children entering college fall 2011 and Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program. Applications are available at www.aerhq.org and are due 1 Apr 2011. Contact 655-4227. AMR Teen Center The AMR Teen Center is providing bus transportation to pick up high school teens afterschool at Radford High School. Teens must be registered with the Child, Youth and School Services program at the AMR Teen Cen-

ter. Register at the AMR Parent Central Services Office. Registration is free. Permission form required for bus transportation. Participation to the AMR Teen Center is highly recommended for volunteer hours, outings and many other opportunities. For more info, call the AMR Teen Center at 833-0920 or Parent Central Services at 833-5393. CYSS Parent Central Services Office on Schofield has moved!!! New Location: 241 Hewitt St, Kalakaua Bldg 1283 SKIES Bldg For more information call 655-8380 0r 655-5314 HUI Silent Auction Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 1800-2100 at the Nehelani. Tickets are on sale now. For more info contact makeitbakeitfakeit@gmail.com BUGSY MALONE AUDITIONS Cast is open for young people ages 8 – 14 (some exceptions will be made) There are NO adult roles. Monday - Wednesday 28, 29 & 30 March 2011 7:00 at the Richardson Theatre on Ft. Shafter (home of Army Community Theatre) AUDITIONS are open to everyone - experience is great -but not required! Prepared pieces (with sheet music! – No Playbacks!) are welcome, but also NOT required. An audition song will be taught to everyone on site. Wear comfortable clothes

that you can dance in. Army Community Theatre presents Performances of the children’s musical BUGSY MALONE will be May 13 – 29, 2011 Friday & Saturdays 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinees at 3:00 Tickets are $25.00(front of auditorium) and $20.00 (rear of auditorium) with $5.00 discounts available for children (12 and under), students (with valid University ID Card), Seniors (65+) and Military ID Card Holders. Water Safety Instructor Class Learn to teach infants, children and adults how to swim, Teach skills that may save a life, Gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional, Make a difference in people's lives. Register by March 28, 2011 For more information visit http:// www.mwrarmyhawaii.com/sport-afitness-news/671-water-safetyinstructor-class

FREE YOGA CLASSES! Starting on Tuesday, April 5th there will be FREE YOGA CLASSES at the Wheeler Community Center. Classes will be held at 9:00 AM, every Tuesday and Thursday. ~ Please bring your own yoga mat and any props that you would like to use in your practice (blocks or straps). ~ The yoga classes are for all levels – from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced. ~ Classes will be taught by Beverly Tate, a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. For more information about yoga, go to http://yogaalliance.org//

Wheeler Community Center: 100 Wright Avenue (behind the Wheeler Chapel) Wheeler Army Airfield Wahiawa, HI 96786 Phone: 808-275-3790


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FOOD RECALL 1. BACKGROUND: Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees that may contain foreign materials. 2. PRODUCTION DATES/IDENTIFYING CODES: The product(s) subject to recall include: 9.5-oz. packages of "Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs."

The packages bear the establishment number "P-7991" and the case code "0298595519P" and a best before date of November, 2011 printed on the side of the package, underneath the ingredient listing. The spaghetti and meatball products were packaged on Oct. 25, 2010, and shipped to distributors and retail stores east of the Rocky Mountains.

3. MANUFACTURER/ DISTRIBUTOR: Nestle Prepared Foods Company Gaffney, S.C. (866) 606-8264 4. REASON FOR ACTION: May contain foreign material. "

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Veterans Tax Credit Ending The Veteran's Home Buyer Tax Credit program will soon end. Under the problem, veterans who served overseas in the past two years are probably eligible for an $8,000 tax credit when purchasing a home. Under the extension passed late last year by Congress for veterans, a contract must be signed by April 30, 2011, but applicants have until June 30, 2011 to close the deal. Veterans should check with their professional tax preparer in regards to their eligibility

Bank of America Introduces Program to Extend Mortgage Protections for Service members Beyond Active Duty. Unique Program Includes Interest Rate Reductions, Targeted Principal Forgiveness, and Dedicated Mortgage Servicing Team to Assist Military Customers

Bank of America has announced programs for its mortgage customers serving in the United States military, improving key benefits for those on active duty and extending mortgage protections for service members beyond active duty. The newly introduced programs include a principal forgiveness loan modification program for military borrowers behind on their payments when leaving active duty; a reFull Concurrent Receipt duced 4 percent interest rate on mortgages for customers who are eligible for Service members Legislation has been introduced in both houses of the 112th Congress that would Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protection; and a mortgage allow qualified military retirees to receive customer service unit dedicated to servicing military both their VA disability compensation and customers. DoD pensions at the same time. Concurrent receipt of retirement pay and disabil- Bank of America's Military Loan Modification Program goes above and beyond existing programs to ity compensation has been expanded in recent years, but it still does not apply to assist military customers who are leaving active duty domestically or abroad and are struggling to afford military retirees with service-connected their mortgage payment. The program builds on the disabilities rated less than 50 percent. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. , introduced the government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and provides a waterfall of solutions "Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2011" S. 344 on Feb. 14 to go along with a similar starting with principal reduction measures to help measure, H.R. 333, previously introduced customers achieve a more affordable mortgage in the House by Rep. Sanford Bishop, Dpayment as set forth in the HAMP guidelines: Ga. H.R. 333 already has 97 cosponsors. Two other House bills also address lifting First, immediate principal forgiveness to reduce the amounts owed related to their mortgage to as low the ban on concurrent receipt. as 100 percent of the current market value. Then,

as needed, a reduction of the interest rate, and subsequent extension of the term of the loan to help customers achieve a more affordable mortgage payment. Beginning April 1, 2011, Bank of America will also offer a 4 percent interest rate on mortgages for active duty military personnel while they are under Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protection. The 4 percent rate will be applicable for the duration of the borrowers' active duty and for 12 months after release. Bank of America initially will offer the specialized loan modification program and reduced interest rate to distressed military customers with loans owned and serviced by the bank. The bank is engaged in conversations with investors in other mortgages it services in the interest of expanding these benefits to all the military customers. Participation by those investors is subject to their approval. Service members with Bank of America mortgages may reach the dedicated customer service unit at 888.325.5357. www.bankofamerica.com

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BLUE STAR CARD HOLDERS Distinguished Lecture Series, Hawaii: A Cultural Primer on Evolution and Diversity April 7 - Nehelani The evening's presentation chronicles the cultural history of the Hawaiian Islands from its volcanic origins to its evolutions into the world's most culturally diverse and tolerant communities that produced a president of the United States. Join Native Hawaiian Cultural Leader and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, Peter Apo, and take a journey through a history of Hawaii. This invitation includes a complimentary dinner. Seats are limited and RSVP is required. To RSVP for this event or for more information please call 655-0112 or email Amanda.P.Montgomery@us.army.mil. Deadline to register is April 1. **Please note, this is a lecture. If you are thinking about bringing your children, they must be able to sit through the aprox. 45 minute lecture. We recommend not bringing children under 10 years old. ---------------------------------------Family Game Night: The Blue Star Card program will be hosting a Family Game Night for Blue Star Card Families in honor of the Month of the Military child on Friday, April 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Tropics. We will have various board games available for all ages to play and the event will feature Minute to Win It style games the children can participate in. You will also receive free hotdog, chips and drink combos for the entire family! For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Amanda.P.Montgomery@us.army.mil or call 655-0112. The deadline to register is April 1. ---------------------------------------Magic in Paradise Show Join your Blue Star Card friends in celebrating the Month of the Military Child and another month of deployment complete on Tuesday, April 19, from 4:30 – 9:30 pm at the Magic in Paradise Show at the Hale Koa Hotel. Magician Mark Mauricio will mystify the entire family with mind boggling illusions and a refreshing blast of comedy. Also, indulge in a bountiful buffet, perfect for the whole family! The Hale Koa Hotel is offering Blue Star Card holders a special rate for this show. Adult (18 & older) ticket prices are only $25 and all children (17 & younger) are FREE courtesy of the Fisher House donation and the Blue Star Card program! Ticket prices are not combinable with any other offer. For more information on the Magic in Paradise show visit www.halekoa.com. Limited transportation will be provided from Schofield Barracks to the Hale Koa Hotel. Tick-

ets for the show are limited! **You MUST reserve tickets through the Blue Star Card Program. Please DO NOT reserve your tickets through the Hale Koa Activities Office for this show. For more information or to reserve your space please call 655-0112 or email Amanda.P.Montgomery@us.army. mil. Deadline to register is April 8. --------------------------------------------Blue Star Card Animoto Class: April 14 - SGT Yano Library Interested in creating quick and easy videos to share with your Soldier or loved ones? Bring your digital photos (approximately 30-50 pictures) to SGT Yano Library on Thursday, April 14 at 11 am to learn how to use Animoto. (Although there is a free online version, we will be using the professional version for this class). Animoto allows people to make professional looking videos with images and music. It's a great way to make use of your digital photos! Spaces for this class are limited. To reserve your space or for additional information contact Amanda.P.Montgomery@us.army. mil or call 655-0002. ----------------------------------------------Big R: Spa Night March 31 – Nehelani Needing a night of relaxation? Come out and celebrate another month of deployment complete on Thursday, March 31, from 6:00 8:00 pm at the Nehelani. Pamper yourself with treatments from Lemongrass Spa and BeautiControl. Dress comfortably and take part in Tai Chi classes for tension and stress relieving. Light Pupus will be provided. Childcare is available, but space is limited. This is an adult only event. For more information, to reserve childcare, or to reserve your space please call 655-0112 or email Amanda.P.Montgomery@us.army. mil by March 18. ----------------------------------------------PT in the Park April 5 – Bennett Youth Center Celebrate the Month of the Military Child and join Mickey and friends on Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30 – 7:30 am, at Bennett Youth Center

Field, Schofield Barracks. Children will participate with their Families in a 30 minute PT Mousercise Aerobic routine followed by a Continental Breakfast. There will also be a special appearance by Eddie the Eagle! Photographs will be available for Blue Star Card holders and their children. All participants must bring a towel. For more information on PT in the Park, please call 655-6465. ----------------------------------------------Fun Fest and ITR Travel Fair April 23 - Sills Field, Schofield Barracks Join us for our annual Family and MWR Fun Fest and ITR Travel Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sills Field, Schofield Barracks. Enjoy entertainment, inflatables, craft booths, game booths and food booths! Blue Star Card holders will receive 10 FREE scrip per Blue Star Card Family Member. *Please note, scrip is not valid for food booths. Registration is required for scrip and the deadline is April 15 by 12:00 pm. Visit www.bluestarcardhawaii.com to register. You must pick up your reserved scrip before 12:00 pm the day of the event in the Blue Star Card tent. We will also be giving away free movie tickets. Movie tickets will be distributed on a first come first served basis, while supplies last. For more information on the special Blue Star Card offer call 655-0002. For more information on the Fun Fest event call 655-0112/3.

For more information on the Blue Star Card Program, please visit www.bluestarcardhawaii.com Find us and friend us on facebook! Become a fan of FMWR Hawaii and a friend of the Blue Star Card Program to stay current on upcoming activities, view event photos, and read comments from your Blue Star Card friends! Search Bluestarcard Hawaii.


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National Military Family Association’s Military Family of the Year Application Period ! What is the Family of the Year Award? The National Military Family Association’s Military Family Award recognizes strong military families who embrace their service to the Nation, are role models in their community, and understand that together they are stronger. We'll choose a family from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, NOAA and USPHS. From these seven outstanding families, one family will be named the National Military Family Association Military Family of the Year! Who is Eligible to be Nominated? Any active duty, reserve component, or retired family of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service, as well as families of fallen service members is eligible to be nominated.

Who Can Nominate? Anyone. We only require that you be at least 18 years of age to submit a nomination. How do I nominate? The nomination period will be open in April. All nominations must be submitted online at www.militaryfamily.org. As someone familiar with the military, you know that while one member joins, the whole family serves. The National Military Family Association’s Family of the Year Award recognizes strong military families who embrace their service to the Nation, are role models in their community, and understand that together they are stronger. Nominate your family or a special family you know. One family from each of the

seven Uniformed Services will be chosen, from the nominations submitted, to represent their Service branch. That's right—we'll pick a family from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, NOAA and the USPHS. From these seven outstanding families, one family will be named the National Military Family Association Family of the Year! All family finalists will receive an allexpense paid trip to Washington, DC for the award ceremony and announcement of the Grand Prize winner. The recipient of the National Military Family Association Family of the Year will also receive a cash prize of $1,000! Who is it going to be? It could be you!


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Save The Date For the

Golden Dragons Homecoming Ball

Friday, the twenty-sixth of August, two-thousand eleven Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom Honolulu, Hawaii Tickets: $80.00

Cash or money order Payments are now being accepted at BN HQ (Bldg. 2097) POC: LT. Koshansky or SSG Herzog (808)655-9924 Hilton Hawaiian Village Reservations Code: AOB For reservations call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and mention "AOB" or go online at www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com, click on "Reservations", look for "Special Accounts and Rates", and then enter "AOB" next to "Group/Convention Code". Room Rate: $149.00 The room rate includes the following: $10 discounted self parking (one car per room), 50% off Lagoon beach toys, 15% off Hilton select owned Restaurants, and 20% off at Mandara Spa. Both late check out and early check in are based upon availability, normal check in time is 2:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am.

Photo Package Prices Electronic Photos: Client gets license for personal use of all electronic Photos 3 Poses, 4 Photos per Pose: Delivered on Thumb-drive at event: $40 Delivered via e-mail within 48 hours: $35 Electronic Package Add-ons: 4x6 proofs of Package +$10 Event Photos: +$10 Electronic e-mail package The Electronic “Works� Package: 4x6 Proofs $50 Party Pictures Printed Photos: All photos taken before 8PM will be printed on-site One Pose: 8x10: $15 2 5x7s: $15 8 Wallets: $15 1 5x7 and 4 Wallets: $15 Special: Spend $30 on prints and get the electronic photo e-mailed to you for free!! Purple Heart Recipients: Get Party Pics for Free!!

Visa, MasterCard and Cash accepted at the event. Shop Before the Event and Save 10%!! www.herchigimages.com/shop to Pre-purchase your photos up to one day before the event


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INFO WORTH READING Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,000 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums once again will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. See the map below for Blue Star Museums that will be participating this summer in each state. http://www.arts.gov/national/ bluestarmuseums/ index2011.php A Story Before Bed is giving away 100,000 free re-

cordings to parents in the U.S. military who are spending time away from their kids. Here is the web site for more information. http://www.astorybeforebed.com/ military Tripler Blood Donor program will be running a blooddrive during Sunday UTA April 3, 2011 08001200hrs at the 154 MDG. At this time of crisis in Japan and around the world, your donation is needed more than ever. Please make a difference and donate your time and blood to help save lives.

to any APO, FPO or MPO address for free. These full-color, 5”x7” softcover books fit perfectly in a soldier’s cargo pant pocket, yet hold more than 60 photos. RocketLife prints the books for free and the USO pays for shipping. Supporters simply visit http:// USO.RocketLifeProduction.com, generate a coupon code and launch the RocketLife software.

USO Friends and family can create a 20page personal photo book and ship it

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Financial Readiness Frontline Information Service members Civil Relief Act Overview 1. The Servicemember's Civil Relief Act (SCRA) expanded and improved the former Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA). The SCRA provides a wide range of protections for individuals entering, called to active duty in the military, or deployed service members. It is intended to postpone or suspend certain civil obligations to enable service members to devote full attention to duty and relieve stress on the family members of those deployed service members. A few examples of such obligations you may be protected against are: Outstanding credit card debt Mortgage payments Pending trials Taxes Terminations of lease. In addition the new law: Expands current law that protects service members and their families from eviction from housing while on active duty due to nonpayment of rents that are $1,200 per month or less. Under the new provisions this protection would be significantly updated to meet today's higher cost of living covering housing leases up to $2,932.31 per month and then be adjusted annually to account for inflation. Provides a service member who receives permanent change of station orders or who is deployed to a new location for 90 days or more the right to terminate a housing lease. Clarifies and restates existing law that limits to 6 percent interest on credit obligations incurred prior to military service or activation, including credit card debt, for active duty service members. The SCRA unambiguously states that no interest above 6 percent can accrue for credit obligations (that were established prior to active duty or activation) while on active duty, nor can that excess interest become due once the service member leaves active duty instead that portion above 6 percent is permanently forgiven. Furthermore, the monthly payment must be reduced by the amount of interest saved during the covered period. Note: This law only covers debt incurred prior to military service. Updates life insurance protections provided to activated Guard and reserve members by increasing from $10,000 to $250,000 the maximum policy coverage that the federal government will protect from default for nonpayment while on active duty. Prevents service members from a form of double taxation that can occur when they have a spouse who works and is taxed in a state other than the state in which they maintain their permanent legal residence. SCRA will prevent states from using the income earned by a service member in determining the spouse's tax rate when they do not maintain their permanent legal residence in that state. SCRA Eligibility The SCRA covers all Active Duty service members, Reservists and the members of the National Guard while on active duty. The protection begins on the date of entering active duty and generally terminates within 30 to 90 days after the date of discharge from active duty. 2. I'm hurt and I can't get up! All of us over the age of 40 may remember that phrase from a commercial some years ago. But did you know even as a National Guard Soldeir or Airman and are retiring or

are retired with a disability you may be entitled to CSRS/CRDP? Read on... Combat Related Special Compensation Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides military retirees a monthly compensation that replaces their VA disability offset. This means that qualified military retirees with 20 or more years of service that have "combat related" VA-rated disability will no longer have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disability compensation. Instead they will receive both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation. The following is a summary of Combat-Related Special Compensation: Combat-Related Special Compensation Eligibility The Value of the CRSC Benefit The Application Process Unlike Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP), CRSC will not be phased in over ten years. Once a military retiree has been determined to be qualified they will receive their regular retirement pay plus an additional sum based on their VA sability CombatRelated Special Compensation Eligibility The following CRSC eligibility requirements apply: Retired veterans with combat-related injuries must meet all of the following criteria to apply for CRSC: 1. Active, Reserve with 20 years of creditable service or * Chapter 61 medically retired with less than 20 years. 2. Receiving military retired pay 3. Have 10% or greater VA rated injury 4. Military retired pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver) *CRSC Updates: The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law on January 28, 2008. It expanded the eligibility of CRSC to include anyone receiving military retired pay. This includes: Medical Chapter 61, Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) and Temporary Disabled Retirement List (TDRL) retirees. These new eligible components for CRSC went into effect January 1, 2008. Medical and TERA retirees must still provide documentation that shows a causal link between a current VA disability and a combat related event. AND must be able to provide documentary evidence that your injury was a result of one of the following: 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., gun shot wounds [Purple Heart], punji stick injuries) Further Explanation: Training that Simulates War. In the performance of duty under conditions Simulating War (exercises, field training) In general, this covers disabilities resulting from military training, such as war games, practice alerts, tactical exercises, airborne operations, leadership reaction courses, grenade and live fire weapons practice, bayonet training, hand-to-hand combat training, rappelling and negotiation of combat confidence and obstacle courses. It does not include physical training activities such as calisthenics and jogging or formation running and supervised sport activities. Hazardous Duty. While engaged in Hazardous Service(e.g., flight, diving, parachute duty). Such service includes, but is not limited to, aerial flight, parachute duty, demolition duty, experimental stress duty, and diving duty. A

finding that a disability is the result of such hazardous service requires that the injury or disease be the direct result of actions taken in the performance of such service. Travel to and from such service, or actions incidental to a normal duty status not considered hazardous are not included. An Instrumentality of War. Through an Instrumentality of War (combat vehicles, weapons, Agent Orange, etc.) Occurrence during actual period of war is not required. However, there must be a direct causal relationship between instrumentality of war and disability. The disability must be incurred incident to a hazard or risk of the service. An instrumentality of war is a vehicle, vessel, or device designated primarily for Military Service and intended for use in such Service at the time of the occurrence or injury. It may include such instrumentalities not designated primarily for Military Service if use of, or occurrence involving, such instrumentality subjects the individual to a hazard peculiar to Military Service. Such use or occurrence differs from the use or occurrence under similar circumstances in civilian pursuits. A determination that a disability is the result of an instrumentality of war may be made if the disability was incurred in any period of service as a result of such diverse causes as wounds caused by a military weapon, accidents involving military combat vehicle, injury or sickness caused by fumes, gases, or explosion or military ordinance, vehicles, or material. Armed Conflict As direct result of Armed Conflict. The disability is a disease or injury incurred in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict. The fact that a member incurred the disability during a period of war or an area of armed conflict or while participating in combat operations is not sufficient to support a combat-related determination. There must be a definite causal relationship between the armed conflict and the resulting disability. Armed Conflict includes war, expedition, occupation of an area or territory, battle, skirmish, raid, invasion, rebellion, insurrection, guerrilla action, riot or any other action in which service members are engaged with a hostile or belligerent nation, faction, force, or terrorists. Armed Conflict may also include such situations as incidents involving a member while interned as a prisoner of war, or while detained against his or her will in custody of a hostile or belligerent force, or while escaping or attempting to escape from such confinement, prisoner of war, or detained status. The CRSC Application Process: To receive Combat Related Special Compensation you must submit your application (DD form 2860), through your parent military service branch. Each service branch has the authority to determine your eligibility.


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