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The Best Explanation Of Smc From Asknod.

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The fact that a veteran can't leave his place to work is sufficient for SMC "s"?

SMC S is most commonly awarded when a veteran meets the 100% + 60% criteria.

It's possible to have SMC awarded for other reasons as well. The authorizing language is a bit loose,

and if the RO felt that it was appropriate, should forward the claim to the "central office" for a decision.

Even though a veteran may not have the necessary SC'd percentages,

SMC can be awarded. I'm not saying that it happens very often.

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I need that 100% + 60% criteria thing broken down...does that mean 2 separate disabilities?

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Yes. The 100 plus 60 criteria specifically says they are "seperate and distinct".

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The VA should change these regs, and look more closely to SMC's Awards when they rate the veteran 100% a veteran should not have to ask for SMC if he qualifies at the time he was rated 100%...I can see if the disease progress to a higher degree of disability and years later applies for the SMC's

It would make it a lot more better and save a lot of time if it was Awared when the veteran first qualified. usually its when the veteran is rated at 100%.

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Historically, the VA has NEVER automatically awarded anything it thinks that might be overlooked by a veteran,

at least to the ordinary veteran. Further, each award given needs to be seriously looked at to determine if it's correct.

Again history is rife with "lowball" awards.

Evidently, the RO's get hammered for awarding claims at a rate higher than some informal guideline, likely established to insure that

the higher ups get bonus money without too many questions. (Cost savings, don't you know!) I'm reasonably sure that much more scrutiny

occurs when the percentages go above some unknown (to me) level.

And, I'm still quite P0'd about having to pay 20% of retro to force the VA to play by the "Rules"!

Grrr! That alone is enough to inspire veterans efforts to insure that the VA pays everything that it should.

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