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Can a veteran recieve 2 100% ratings for 2 different SC'ed problems? I know you can only be compensated for 1. But can you have two 100% ratings?

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Yes

Thanks Carlie, was not sure but thought so. Hope your doing ok?

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You can have 250 %, but you will only get 100% comp. You can also SMC, which can add to the of monies you will get. Right now I'm at 250% and will be shortly at 480% . My money will increase, but it is hard to injoy. Good luck and God bless!

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Yes you can have two 100% like sp4rvn1971 said it will help you get SMC's which can add up and help you pay for any assistance you may need. Some SMC's are small and some are large.

Can a veteran recieve 2 100% ratings for 2 different SC'ed problems? I know you can only be compensated for 1. But can you have two 100% ratings?

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As others have mentioned, a veteran can have multiple 100% evaluations; please note that the veteran cannot hold a schedular 100% as well as Total Disability Because of Individual Unemployability (TDIU) simultaneously. With multiple 100% evaluations, Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) may be an issue.

However, without knowing what the individual 100% evaluations are for or any of the veteran's other circumstances, the level of SMC would be SMC-s per 38 CFR 3.350(i)(1).

Can a veteran recieve 2 100% ratings for 2 different SC'ed problems? I know you can only be compensated for 1. But can you have two 100% ratings?

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