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Special Monthly Compensation

Benefit overview

Special monthly compensation is an additional pay that the Department of Veterans Affairs paid to veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents with certain needs or disabilities. SMC is paid in addition to the VA’s standard disability compensation rates and is based on the severity of the disability.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps disabled veterans and their families by providing additional compensation to meet daily needs.

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SMC can provide additional compensation than the VA disability rate

If you qualify, SMC can add to your monthly VA disability compensation.

How to access this benefit

The VA website has information on how to file a claim for disability compensation or increased disability compensation.

How to file a VA disability claim

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