Extra Benefits for the Severely Disabled
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recognized the need to provide additional compensation for veterans with certain severe service-connected disabilities. Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a monthly benefit payable in addition to the basic scheduled compensation rate. The amount depends on the nature and severity of the disability.
At The Rep For Vets®, our VA-accredited claims agents help former service members throughout the United States with severe injuries and conditions obtain the SMC benefits they deserve. Our claims agents are highly knowledgeable about the application process and the SMC benefits available for the severely disabled. They don't give up when helping injured vets, no matter how severe their injuries.
Conditions for SMC Benefits
The VA provides SMC benefits to vets whose service-connected injuries include:
- Loss of hand or foot, or loss of use of these extremities
- Immobility of a joint or paralysis
- Blindness in one eye that allows only for light perception
- Loss or loss of use of a reproductive organ
- Loss or loss of use of both buttocks
- Deafness in both ears
- Loss of ability to speak
- Loss of tissue from one or both breasts from mastectomy or radiation treatment
When a veteran is found to have more than one of these service-connected disabilities, higher levels of SMC will be awarded for specific combinations of disabilities. Similarly, a veteran who has become a paraplegic because of service-connected injuries and has complete loss of bowel or bladder control will be entitled to a very high level of SMC. SMC benefits are also available to those veterans who are housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance as a result of their service-connected disabilities.
If you have suffered a serious injury while in the service, you may be entitled to SMC benefits. Many veterans consult a lawyer or claims agent about obtaining these benefits, but your best choice is almost certainly a VA-accredited claims agent. Call 888-573-7838 from anywhere in the United States for a free initial consultation, or simply use the online contact form. Learn more about VA programs for severely injured veterans.