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What is Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)?

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is available to compensate you for your loss of use of an anatomical part.  The basic level SMC compensates you for such losses as:

  • Creative organs
  • Loss of a foot
  • Loss of a hand
  • Loss of both of your buttocks
  • Blindness of an eye
  • Organic aphonia with constant inability to communicate by speech
  • Deafness
  • 25% or more anatomical loss of tissue from a single breast or has received radiation treatment of breast tissue

SMC is on top of your regular disability payment.  As of July 2014, the VA awards an additional $99 per month of each condition listed above but you are limited to $4,667 per month.  There are also higher SMC levels which compensate you for:

  • You can obtain monthly compensation of $3,327 for loss of or loss of use of: (1) both feet; (2) one hand and one foot; (3) blindness in both eyes, with 5/200 visual acuity or less; (4) permanently bedridden and in need of regular aid and attendance
  • You can obtain monthly compensation of $3,671 for loss of or loss of use of: (1) both hands; (2) both legs with factors preventing natural knee action with a protheses; (3) one arm and one leg with factors preventing natural elbow and knee action with a protheses; (4) blindness in both eyes having only light perception; or (5) blindness in both eyes, rendering the veteran in need of regular aid and attendance.
  • You can obtain monthly compensation of $4,176 for loss of or loss of use of: (1) both arms with factors preventing natural elbow action with prosthesis in place; (2) both legs with factors that prevent the use of prosthetic appliances; (3) loss of one arm and one leg with factors that prevent the use of prosthetic appliances; (4) loss of both eyes or blindness without light perception.
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