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Special Monthly Compensation
Can a Veteran receive additional payments for serious disabilities?
VA can pay more compensation to a Veteran who lost, or lost the use of, specific organs
or body parts due to military service.
What is considered loss or loss of use?
Loss, or loss of use, means amputation or no effective remaining function of an
extremity or organ. VA considers the following disabilities for Special Monthly
Compensation (SMC):
? Loss, or loss of use, of a hand or foot
? Immobility of a joint
? Paralysis
? Loss of sight of an eye (only seeing light)
? Loss, or loss of use, of a reproductive organ
? Complete loss, or loss of use, of both buttocks
? Deafness of both ears (no air and bone conduction)
? Inability to communicate by speech (complete organic aphonia)
? Loss of a percentage of tissue from a single breast, or both breasts, from mastectomy
or radiation treatment
What if I have a combination of these disabilities?
The VA will pay higher rates, in specific monetary increments, if you have more than one
of these disabilities. For example, if you have loss, or loss of use, of your feet, legs,
hands and arms, you will receive more compensation based on your specific
combination of disabilities. There are also higher payments for various combinations of
severe deafness with blindness in both eyes.
You can receive more SMC if you are service-connected for paraplegia, with complete
loss of bowel and bladder control.
If you have other service-connected disabilities that, when combined with any of the
above, meet certain criteria, you may also receive a higher amount of SMC.
Can VA Pay SMC for being bedridden, housebound, or in need of the
aid and attendance of another person?
If a Veteran is service-connected at the 100 percent rate, and meets one of the
following criteria, additional SMC payment can be considered:
? Housebound
? Bedridden
? Requires the aid and attendance of another person
The amount of SMC varies depending on the level of disability.
How can you apply for SMC?
Contact your local VA regional benefit office for information about applying for SMC.
You can locate your nearest regional benefit office at
https://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/offices.asp. The VA must review related medical
evidence to determine eligibility and make a decision regarding the level of SMC.
We also encourage you to work with an accredited representative. To search and
appoint an accredited representative, go to
Updated August 2018 3

What is VA special monthly compensation?Special Monthly Compensation is only for VA Disability so nothing related to DoD Disability applies. It is given automatically if a veteran qualifies for it, however if the VA did not give Special Monthly Compensation in a case that qualifies, the veteran can submit an appeal , and Special Monthly Compensation will then be given dating back to the original VA Rating Decision .


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