10 Jul VA Special Monthly Compensation
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits for veterans who suffer from a disabling condition. Under certain circumstances, a veteran may be eligible to receive additional compensation on top of their regular disability benefits. These benefits, known as Special Monthly Compensation (SMC), are available for veterans who were very seriously injured.
Eligibility for SMC
Veterans who suffer from a disability resulting from disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service may be eligible for a monthly monetary benefit. The VA rating system determines how much the benefit amount will be. An additional amount may be paid through SMC.
SMC is paid to veterans who incurred a loss of use or loss of certain organs or limbs due to military service. The VA considers the following disabilities as eligible for SMC:
- Loss of a foot or hand
- Eyesight loss
- Loss of use of buttocks
- Total deafness
- Loss of ability to speak
- Loss of tissue from breasts from mastectomy or radiation treatment
The “loss, or loss of use” is defined as either an amputation or having no effective remaining function of an extremity or organ. In addition to increased compensation for having one of the above disabilities, the VA pays higher rates to veterans who have a combination of these disabilities. Further, a higher amount of SMC may be considered for a veteran who has another service-connected disability in combination with the above-listed disabilities.
SMC is also available for paraplegia with loss of bladder control. If the veteran is 100 percent disabled and in need of the aid of another person or housebound, SMC may also be paid. The amount of SMC paid depends upon the level of aid and attendance needed by the veteran.
In order to receive SMC, the veteran must provide the VA with medical evidence demonstrating the loss or loss of use. After the VA receives this information, the decision of whether, and at what level, SMC will be paid will be made. If the VA determines the veteran is eligible for SMC, it will be automatically awarded. The specific level of SMC depends on a number of factors, including the veteran’s disability and disability rating, marital status, and whether or not the veteran has children.
Benefits for Veterans
Veterans who have suffered serious injuries as a result of their service to the country are eligible to receive much needed benefits. For more information about VA disability benefits, including SMC, speak with an experienced disability law attorney today. At the Klok Law Firm LLC, we proudly use our knowledge and ability to help our nation’s veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation on your case and to learn how we may be of assistance.