Category: Special Monthly Compensation

How to Get SSDI on Top of an Approved VA Claim

How to Get SSDI on Top of an Approved VA Claim How to Get SSDI on Top of an Approved VA Claim

Nearly 4 million veterans live with a disability recognized by the VA. While the VA provides benefits intended to ease the financial burden you may face with a disabling condition, in some cases you may require additional assistance. In such cases, it is often possible to qualify for both VA benefits and Social Security Disability […]

The Warning Sign of Abnormal Weight Loss in Veterans

The Warning Sign of Abnormal Weight Loss in Veterans weight loss in veterans

Have you noticed that you are unintentionally losing a noticeable amount of weight?  Unintentional weight loss is officially considered significant when there has been a greater than 5% loss of average body weight within a 6-12 month span. This can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition.  Among the possible conditions this significant weight […]

Is Rhinitis a VA Disability?

Is Rhinitis a VA Disability? rhinitis veteran

Rhinitis occurs when dealing with allergies, information of the nose, which causes stuffy nose runny nose, and is very annoying. As veterans, there is a way to get your rhinitis service-connected as a VA disability if done correctly. Rhinitis is susceptible to heavy pollen and dander within a vibrant environment. Dealing with Rhinitis on an […]

Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD): an emerging Veterans’ Disability

Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD): an emerging Veterans’ Disability SOMATIC SYMPTOM DISORDER (SSD): A BUDDING VETERANS’ DISABILITY

When I first came to the VA for a C&P exam for SSD, my examiner did not know what this condition is. I had a current service-connected PTSD disability, and he thought I was there for another mental health claim. He told me that I cannot be rated again because vets cannot be rated twice […]

Details of the VA’s Caregiver Stipend Program

Details of the VA’s Caregiver Stipend Program caregiver stipend

Depending on the severity of injury to a veteran, they might be eligible to enroll in the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, or the VA caregiver Stipend program.  This program is available to seriously injured post-9/11 veterans and their family caregivers although, with the passing of the VA Mission Act in early 2018, the […]

How to File a VA Claim for Erectile Dysfunction

How to File a VA Claim for Erectile Dysfunction ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Claiming a VA Disability for Erectile Dysfunction is a little more challenging than a straight service connection. In other words, there are more steps for a Veteran to take before winning the claim. Instead of having a straight service connection, the Veteran must apply for SMC (Special Monthly Compensation) as well to get the correct […]

What is VA Special Monthly Compensation?

What is VA Special Monthly Compensation?

VA Special Monthly Compensation, also known as VA SMC, is additional tax-free compensation that can be paid to disabled veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. For disabled veterans, VA 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 […]