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SMC for two single 100% ratings ?

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Does anyone know if there is a SMC sub-category for two separate 100% ratings. I am aware of SMC-S for 100% plus 60%. Is there a SMC category/rating for 100% plus 100% single independent ratings ?

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Good Question!

I believe what the VA Raters are required to do is look at the severity of the disability and rate the SMC Accordingly, using the SMC Special ratings table chart.

And give that SMC that is close or closer to the next highest SMC letter,as I understandit.

  However Alex Graham Explains the SMC in full detail.

check out asknod .org  site, As he explains the SMC's fairly well.

Or check this link out


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Try this one on for size-- https://asknod.org/2013/02/27/special-monthly-compensation-what-is-it/

There is no benefit such as you describe specifically for a Vet with two 100% schedular ratings. I have two 100% schedular ratings myself. Here's when the SMC benefit you are describing kicks in. If you become helpless as defined in 38 CFR §3.350 and §3.352 for A&A, you qualify for a "bump" up from 100% to SMC L. This applies independently of if you are already entitled to SMC S. Alternatively, you could have loss of, or loss of use of both lower extremities or loss of, or loss of use of one hand and one foot and qualify for SMC L as well. 

But... once you qualify for SMC L, if you have an additional 100% (real scheduler-not TDIU) rating unrelated to your first 100% schedular rating, you get a bump up from L to M. Concurrently, if you have any singular rating 50% or higher or a combination of ratings entitling you to 50% or higher, then you would qualify for a half step up from SMC M to SMC M 1/2. You could have three 100% schedulars and get a bump from L to N and then pile on the 50% or greater extras. 

You can see you cannot get on this "bump" wagon until you qualify for SMC L-even if you are getting SMC S. If you have SMC L for helplessness (Aid and Attendance) and you have loss of use of lower extremities (or hand and foot), you automatically advance to SMC O. The party doesn't end there. You are then also entitled to SMC R(1). As far as I know, this is one of the few examples of legal VA pyramiding to get a higher rating. 

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I wish my husband did NOT qualify for SMC R1 and I'm really afraid of when he qualifies for R2...my husband has ALS.

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