How to Apply for VA Special Monthly Compensation

Veterans with especially serious disabilities or a combination of disabilities may qualify for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There are certain disabilities or combinations of disabilities that are not appropriately covered under regular disability compensation rates because of their severity; therefore, the VA pays a higher rate. Some examples of serious conditions include: In addition to the above referenced conditions, SMC will also be awarded to veterans who qualify for “Aid and Attendance.” Aid and Attendance is required when a condition is so severe that the veteran requires supervision by another person, such as a family member, home nurse, or nursing home facility. The supervision does not need to be constant in order to qualify, but it must be regular. Hospitalization does not qualify as Aid and Attendance. To learn more about SMC, visit www.benefits.va.gov or call your local Regional Office. If you believe you or a loved one may qualify for SMC, please give us a call for a free consultation.

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