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We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy!  Yes, it's twice the
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VA Form 21-526EZ
For...
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


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SMC


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SMC is divided into 9 letter categories: K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, &T.

Ratings also have mid-points, which are shown by a 1/2 after the letter.


​​SMC (k)

​Anatomical loss (or loss of use) of:
One hand  One foot
Both buttocks (where the applicable bilateral muscle group prevents the individual

from maintaining unaided upright posture, rising and stooping actions) 

One or more creative organs used for reproduction (absence of testicles, ovaries, or the creative

organ, ¼ loss of tissue of a single breast or both breasts in combination) due to

trauma while in the service, or as a residual of service-connected disabilities
One eye (loss of use includes specific levels of blindness), 

Complete organic aphonia (constant loss of voice due to disease)
Deafness of both ears that includes absence of air and bone conduction


SMC (l) 

Anatomical loss (or loss of use) of:
Both feet
One hand and one foot
Blindness in both eyes with visual acuity of 5/200 or less
Permanently bedridden
Regular need for aid and attendance


​SMC (m) 

​Anatomical loss (or loss of use) of:
Both hands
Both legs at the region of the knee
One arm at the region of the elbow with one leg at the region of the knee
Blindness in both eyes, having only light perception
Blindness in both eyes resulting in the need for regular aid and attendance


​SMC (n)

​Anatomical loss (or loss of use) of both arms at the region of the elbow
Anatomical loss of both legs so near the hip that it prevents the use of a prosthetic appliance
Anatomical loss of one arm so near the shoulder that it prevents the use of a prosthetic appliance, along with the anatomical loss of one leg so near the hip that it prevents the use of a prosthetic appliance
The anatomical loss of both eyes, or blindness in both eyes that includes loss of light perception


​SMC (o) 

​Anatomical loss of both arms so near the shoulder that it prevents the use of a prosthetic appliance
Bilateral deafness (both ears) rated at least 60% disabling, along with service-connected blindness with visual acuity of 20/2000 or less in both eyes
Complete deafness in one ear or bilateral deafness rated at least 40% disabling, along with service-connected blindness in both eyes that includes loss of light perception
Paraplegia-paralysis of both lower extremities, along with bowel and bladder incontinence
Helplessness due to a combination of loss (or loss of use) of two extremities with

deafness and blindness, or a combination of multiple injuries causing severe and total disability


SMC (p)

Anatomical loss (or loss of use) of a leg at or below the knee, along with the anatomical

loss (or loss of use) of the other leg at a level above the knee
The anatomical loss (or loss of use) of a leg below the knee, along with the anatomical

loss (or loss of use) of an arm above the elbow
The anatomical loss (or loss of use) of one leg above the knee and the

anatomical loss (or loss of use) of one hand
Blindness in both eyes, meeting the requirements listed for SMC (l), (m) or (n)


SMC (r) 

Be receiving the maximum SMC (o) benefits and require:
Aid and attendance, or
Aid and attendance of another person without which you would require

hospitalization, nursing home care or other residential type care


SMC (s) (Housebound)

Meet all of the following:
You have a service-connected disability rated at 100%
You have a qualifying, additional service-connected disability (or disabilities)

that is completely separate from the first disability and is independently rated at 60%
You are approved for VA disability compensation
OR
Be housebound:
Your disabilities must directly cause you to be substantially confined to your home

and the immediate premises or, if you are in an institution, to the ward or clinical areas
Also, it must be reasonably certain that your disability or disabilities and

confinement will continue for the rest of your life

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SMC (t) 

Need regular Aid and Attendance (A&A) for the residuals of

(results of) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Not be eligible for a higher level of A&A under SMC (r)(2)
Need hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care without in-home A&A





Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)


SMC is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving

spouses and parents. For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of

compensation paid 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.


For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly

referred to asaid and attendanceand is paid

based on the need of aid and attendance by another person.


Veterans Special Monthly Compensation Benefits 

SMC