Living with a disability can result in a veteran facing significant obstacles. There are some disabilities that a veteran can suffer that can result in compensation that is different from that received by veterans with other disabilities. These conditions are called “special monthly compensation” and can be received in addition to or beside the benefits that a veteran may receive. Unfortunately, there is a cap placed on a number of benefits that a veteran may receive.
Important Rules of the Special Monthly Compensation Program
There are many complex laws regarding special monthly compensation. The Veteran’s Administration requires that Veterans entitled to special monthly compensation must be considered in all disability decisions where an individual’s medical condition suggests such a possibility. In the same manner as disability payments, special monthly compensation is tax-free and can be paid to a veteran or the veteran’s parents including children, spouses, or parents. Special monthly compensation might also result in a veteran receiving benefits from additional programs from the Veteran’s Administration including adaptive equipment.
Special Monthly Veterans Compensation Ratings
There are approximately 60 levels of special monthly compensation classifications which are divided into 9 letter categories: K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T. These letter categories also have in- between levels that are designed with a “½” symbol. If a veteran receives a special monthly compensation rating, the Veteran’s Administration will inform an individual about the level of special monthly compensation of which an individual qualifies.
Losses that Result in Special Monthly Compensation
The kind of losses that can result in a veteran obtaining special monthly compensation include blindness in even one eye, deafness, the loss of a limb or foot, loss of hearing in both ears, paralysis, loss of breast tissue for women, the loss of the use of one or more reproductive organ, and many other types of organ loss. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will compensate individuals at a higher rate if the veteran suffers a combination of these disabilities, experience bilateral blindness, or has severe deafness.
The Application for Special Monthly Veterans Compensation
There are several key steps that individuals must follow to receive special monthly compensation, which includes the following:
Determine whether a condition or disability qualifies for special monthly compensation.
Assess whether the disability was directly connected with military service.
Collect evidence of your disability and its relationship to military service.
Contact the regional Veteran’s Administration office on how to apply for compensation.
Consult with an Experienced Veterans Rights Attorney
Special monthly veterans compensation is just one type of disability benefits program for veterans with others including the Specially Adapted Housing Grant as well as Automobile and Adaptive Equipment Grants. If you are a veteran with a condition that is likely to result in special monthly compensation, a skilled lawyer can likely help with your situation. The legal counsel at Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC or its disability arm, Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group has helped a number of veterans receive special monthly compensation. Contact our downtown Denver office today at (303) 534-1958 or complete our quick and convenient online form.