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Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a monetary compensation (paid in addition

to the regular VA Disability Compensation) to a veteran who, as a result of military service,

incurred the loss or loss of use of specific organs or extremities.

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) Rate Table - Effective 12/1/16

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Disability Compensation

A tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the

result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

The benefit amount is graduated according to the degree of the Veteran's

disability on a scale from 10 percent to 100 percent (in increments of 10

percent). Compensation may also be paid for disabilities that are considered

related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities

presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though

they may arise after service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified

are also designed to compensate for considerable

loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child,

or parent of Servicemembers who died while on active duty, active duty for

training, or inactive duty training, or to survivors of Veterans who died from

their service-connected disabilities. Parents DIC is an income-based benefit

for parents who were financially dependent on of a

Servicemember or Veteran who died from a service-related cause.

Claims Based on Special Circumstances
Veterans may be eligible for other types of disability compensation once a disability

has been determined to be service connected. Special VA disability

compensation programs include: individual unemployability, automobile

allowance, clothing allowance, prestabilization,

hospitalization, convalescence, dental, and birth defects.

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The Veterans Voice


Opinion   Editorial

News & Views

(Under Construction)


Brett Valette, PhD

UPDATED...April 2017

This is a series of stories

bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

These are actual cases and claims. 

I have changed names and identifying

information for confidentiality reasons.

Spotlight March 2017

This is the first in a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability. 

Spotlight April 2017

Claim Killer DBQ Questions.
VA Spotlight is a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability.

Whether out of frustration, desperation,

anger, or ‘just to makeit right” they contacted

me, and together, we fought the injustice.

Click Here To Contact Dr. Valette

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How To Apply For A Veterans Benefit

Follow these instructions, do it right the first time.

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Pension Benefits

A VA pension may provide income to make life more secure for Veterans and their loved ones.

Pension is a needs-based benefit for wartime Veterans with limited or no income who are age

65 or older or who have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability.


How To Apply

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Things You'll Need

Mail your forms, documents
and evidence here...
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235

Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246

We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy!  Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!

Forms to File Claims

VA Form 21-526EZ
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child

VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement

VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension
Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140
Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c

How To

How To Apply For SSDI

How To Apply For

TDIU Unemployability

How To Use

Disability Benefits Questionnaires


How To Apply For A Disability Rating

How To Apply For An Increase

to an existing rating

How To Retrieve Your

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