What is “Special Monthly Compensation” (SMC)?

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a higher rate of compensation paid to Veterans 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.

Loss, or loss of use, is described as either an amputation or, having no effective remaining function of an extremity or organ.  The disabilities VA can consider for SMC include:

  • loss, or loss of use, of a hand or foot
  • immobility of a joint or paralysis
  • loss of sight of an eye (having only light perception)
  • loss, or loss of use, of a reproductive organ
  • complete loss, or loss of use, of both buttocks
  • deafness of both ears (having absence of 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

The Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) Rate Table can be found here on the VA Website.  We will review the qualifications for the different levels in subsequent blog articles.  

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