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Get one of those new 21-526 e-z electronic forms and fill it out and print. Next, find the reason you're due the SMC- K and the medical evidence to prove it. Figure out what effective date it is due from supported by the SMRs. Use that as your effective date. Asking for SMC is not so much a claims filing but an entitlement VA always seems to disremember. The date you ask for it is immaterial as it is awarded based on when you qualify(ied). K entitlements are fairly obvious. A missing arm or leg (or both). Blind in one eye, totally deaf, Masectomy(ies), having both your buttocks shot off, loss of or loss of use of a creative organ, etc. Some will require more than photographic proof. You may have up to three (3) K awards simultaneously. I think Uncle Sam is chintzy. $102 bucks a month extra for losing your foot? $204 for both? Jez. I forgot. They give you free prosthesis stuff.

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I've read somewhere that SMC-K is only approved once you attain 100%.

Do I need to wait until I'm 100% to file for SMC-K?

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To qualify for SMC  you need another disabling SC Disability that is rated up from your existing SC Disability to qualify.

if your at 60& 0r 70%  or 80% even 90% combined disability's  then you would need another SC Disability to get you To the 100% then the VA looks at the SMC Tables to see if you meet the SMC Criteria..if you do then its statutory for them to infer  the SMC

its what they did with me anyway.


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Thank you for the clarification Buck.  And Thank you for process AskNod.  It would seem that I'm still a long way off from qualifying, but I will persevere.

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It just makes it harder to get to 100% when you have a bunch of combined ratings that don't add up to 100%

example  if a veteran is rated 80% for combined ratings  he would then need additional rating of  another 90% to reach 98% rounded off to the 100% and then they use the SMC TABLE CHART to see if you qualify for the SMC

So when you can reach 160 & plus  then you qualify for SMC but your still consider 100%..if you have a rating at say 270%  your still just rated the 100% although the higher rating the more benefits you qualify for.



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You can make it  just never give up!

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My Uncle Jay caught a Jap machinegun round through his ankle and it made it difficult to walk on. He got 20% from his discharge in 48. They had to amputate it in 64 and gave him a K on top for loss of use of one foot. He didn't get 100% until 82 for his PTSD. SMC K doesn't require being above any certain percentage. You could have loss of use of one eye and get K even if nothing else was wrong with you.

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