VA Disability compensation, in itself, is a vast area of discussion and there is always so much more to learn. This blog was established seven years ago, and hundreds of topics have been discussed during that time, but there is still so much more to examine, especially regarding Special Monthly Compensation. A few of our Intake team members recently attended a resource fair, and many Veterans wanted more information about Special Monthly Compensation. There is not a lot of information about Special Monthly Compensation available online. In fact, even the VA website has limited information.
So, what is Special Monthly Compensation?
First, let’s look at what Special Monthly Compensation is not. It is not a VA Disability rating. Here is how the VA defines Special Monthly Compensation (SMC):
SMC is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or by specific disability, such as loss of use of one hand or leg. For spouses caring for an ailing veteran, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person.
The VA definition of SMC mentions the loss of a hand or foot as an example, but there are additional disabilities which qualify. Here is a complete list:
Our firm frequently encounters Veterans who need to file for SMC due to “loss of use of a creative organ.” Typically, this applies to Veterans who have been diagnosed with and treat erectile dysfunction. In this situation, the organ is still attached to the body, but it cannot perform for the purposes of reproduction. If a Veteran is experiencing this issue and meets the criteria, they could be eligible for Special Monthly Compensation.
If you are a Veteran who has filed for Disability compensation, or if you are curious about Special Monthly Compensation, you should also know that the VA will offer SMC on a combination of other conditions.
Here are some examples:
We know how confusing this process can be. It helps to work with someone who knows how to cut through the red tape. If you would like to know more about the services we provide, call us today for a free consultation. Our number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so a member of our team can call you at a better time.