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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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On eBenefits today, my husband read the following:   You have a 100% final degree of disability. This percentage determines the amount of benefit pay you will receive.

The section we're not sure about is the SMC part.  What does the following mean for him?   

 Entitled to special monthly compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1114, subsection (s) and 38 CFR 3.350(i) on account of coronary artery disease and bypass graft surgery times three rated 100 percent and additional service-connected disabilities of erectile dysfunction, bilateral hearing loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, tinnitus, independently ratable at 60 percent or more from 02/05/2016.

Thank you so much.

 

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yes  it will increase from 1259.32 to3.447.15 or close depends on how many dependents. this is assuming he has the SMC-S rating you can go into myhealthyvet and click on disabilities and the

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As for as the claim that you mention you guys never filed...sometimes  when you get a smart rater  they automatically apply your S.C. disability's to the SMC Special Rate table Chart to see if you qualify for SMC-S....It's a statutory rating  and if they fail to rate it correctly  then they committed a CUE.

I had a combined 90% extra scheduler rating for TDIU P&T rating for 14 years and Later was diagnosed for PTSD ...I filed a claim for it and was awarded 70% SC for the PTSD.

However I never requested the SMC S-1 H.B....The rater used the SMC Special rate table Chart and I had met the SMC Criteria for the SMC, As it was a statutory rating.

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Sorry to hear of his health issues, but congrats on the well deserved 100%. The VA raters are supposed to see if a Vet with high %s qualifies for any SMCs. It looks like your rater is doing thru job as said above. Hopefully it works out and yes you are looking at 2k plus a month. Not a bad increase in pay at all. Good luck and keep us posted. God bless

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My husband received his disability packet yesterday with the award decision.  Some of it confuses up, certain things make us extremely thankful, and other parts leave us slightly worried.  Would someone else interpret some of this of us?  Prior to all of this, my husband was rated at 50% for PTSD with 10% SMC for ED.  We also received a retroactive payment in the amount of $7362.19 today - how that was calculated is still a mystery to us.  His heart surgery was last September, he was rated 100% for the first 3 months following that, and then he filed a claim for an increase in February.

 

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I would look into an NOD for the Jan 1 2016 reduction.  Further, it's possible that home bound status (SMC S) might be applicable,

since the veteran likely could not leave home for work.

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