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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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My father (veteran plus spouse) is 100% s/c plus SMC L. He also has various other conditions to include a 60% s/c condition. Can he also request SMC S? If so how much more would that be? Just checking to see if it is worth it!

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SMC-S is the Housebound award that is statutory IF you have a single disability rated at 100% and other SC condition that is 60% or more. The Housebound (HB) SMC-S is $320 per month.

I have SMC-S and have rated SC conditions of 100%,70%,70%,50%,10%, and 10% that total 310%, but combined total I am only 100% + SMC-S.

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WOW, thought I was going to have to call VA & give up my SMC "S" because I'm not Housebound.

But, after further review checked the VBA 38CFR site & found that Housebound is the second part of rule & here is both parts..

(i) Total plus 60 percent, or housebound; 38 U.S.C. 1114(s). The special monthly compensation provided by 38 U.S.C. 1114(s) is payable where the veteran has a single service-connected disability rated as 100 percent and:

(1) Has additional service-connected disability or disabilities independently ratable at 60 percent, separate and distinct from the 100 percent service-connected disability and involving different anatomical segments or bodily systems, or

(2) Is permanently housebound by reason of service-connected disability or disabilities. This requirement is met when the veteran is substantially confined as a direct result of service-connected disabilities to his or her dwelling and the immediate premises or, if institutionalized, to the ward or clinical areas, and it is reasonably certain that the disability or disabilities and resultant confinement will continue throughout his or her lifetime.

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