This week in our library article section, we have been discussing Special Monthly Compensation (SMC), a veterans’ disability payment meant for those service members who have suffered severe, permanent trauma while on active duty and who now have life-changing disabilities that significantly affect their ability to work and live. SMC is meant specifically for veterans with a 100% disability rating who still require more support and care.
How do you apply for SMC?
- Look at the list of amputations, health issues, and disabilities that qualify for SMC.
- Determine if your disability was directly connected with your military service.
- Gather evidence of your disability along with proof that your disability was service related. Make sure to submit this information along with your claim.
- Be sure to note if you have a combination of severe losses of function or disabilities.
- Contact your regional VA office for official instruction on how to apply for compensation.
- Wait for a response from the VA regarding your claim.
- Explore other options for support and assistance for those who have been severely injured during military service, such as the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing Grant and the Automobile and Adaptive Equipment Grants.
Applying for the veterans’ disability benefits that you deserve can be difficult and confusing, especially if you and your family are also struggling to get by after a severe injury overseas. A Dallas disability lawyer can help you get the support and monetary compensation that you deserve–as well as access to other programs designed for veterans like yourself. To learn more in a complimentary, private meeting with an attorney, call Morgan & Weisbrod today: 800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.