Special Monthly compensation was granted by Congress and they’re pretty stingy unless we’re talking about their paycheck. As for us, disability is a variable open to VA’s interpretation. I find fighting them is like herding cats. They’ll do anything they can to appear dense and dodge the problem. If cornered, they order up the wrong DBQ or do x rays and “forget” to look for SFWs-but manage to look for old broken bones.
SMC will always be a fight. Getting what is properly owed is due to ignorance and oversight. Few raters are even familiar with it and often overlook obvious entitlement. SMC S, due to our efforts here and my site, is at an all-time high now. VA simply never looked to see if we were entitled to it. The M 21, which is supposed to “detect” it, never does. As for the higher SMC ratings, unless the disability is blatant, VA won’t grant it until you point it out. Even then you stand a long battle establishing the true date your entitlement began. Veterans Affairs generally grants SMC the day you ask for it but the true date is medically determined by the evidence of record-often years before you discovered they’d been funning you over it.- Alex Graham “Asknod” Asknod Veterans Claims Help | Hepatitis C/Agent Orange – Veterans Affairs Claims
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