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Does the Disabled Vet have to ASK for Special Monthly Compensation

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FIRST...."THANK YOU" all for your service to this grateful nation!  I am the wife of a Vietnam Vet, Navy.  

I "FINALLY"  got him to apply for benefits, (Intent to file 8-26-16), and he is to see the VA doctor tomorrow, Chicago.  (Ischemic Heart Disease). (METs 1-3) I have YEARS of private doctors records of when he had his heart attack 2004.  He had to stop working in 2007.  He had to wait one year, (NO INCOME) for one year until he could take early retirement.  

While I am doing all the research I can I am unsure as to 'how' or 'if' he/(me) is to ask for Special Monthly Compensation if, in fact, they deem his disability worthy.  

Please help me....help him!!  

Thank you all.  

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SMC is explained well in the link to asknod's wordpress explanation , and in other posts  below the unanswered questions in this forum.

SMC is mandated that, whenever the veteran's service connected disabilities warrant SMC consideration, then the VA must consider and award SMC or give a full rationale as to why they denied it.

No veteran should need to apply for SMC.

This link ( Matt Hill is a member here) includes the IHD schedule of ratings when AO IHD regulations came out.

https://www.hillandponton.com/va-disability-ratings-for-heart-disease/

I assume he is scheduled for a C & P exam tomorrow.

If this exam is done at a VAMC he can get a copy of it via ebenefits ( If he has signed up there)

or with a brief request under the Privacy Act 5, USC 552, to their Records access officer, but if the VA farmed the exam out to a contracting doctor, the VA will not release the C & P exam results until they have made a decision.

Is he claiming his IHD is due  to service in Vietnam, or does he meet the criteria for the Thailand, or Korea Agent Orange regulations?

If not does he claim  AO exposure elsewhere?If so where?

Veterans have won AO exposure claims who were  exposed in CONUS,

Okinawa, and other locales by proving the AO was used where they served and that their MOS exposed them to it.

If he is claiming AO IHD due to serving aboard a ship in the 7th fleet during the  Vietnam war we can find out if his ship is on the AO ship's list, and this list by VA recognizes exposure of Navy veterans to AO on certain ships, vessels, landing crafts, etc etc long list.

 

Do his SMRs reflect treatment for heart disease?

(SMR Service Medical Records)

Does he receive SSDI ( Social Security Disability Insurance payments?

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7 minutes ago, Berta said:

SMC is explained well in the link to asknod's wordpress explanation , and in other posts  below the unanswered questions in this forum.

SMC is mandated that, whenever the veteran's service connected disabilities warrant SMC consideration, then the VA must consider and award SMC or give a full rationale as to why they denied it.

No veteran should need to apply for SMC.

This link ( Matt Hill is a member here) includes the IHD schedule of ratings when AO IHD regulations came out.

https://www.hillandponton.com/va-disability-ratings-for-heart-disease/

I assume he is scheduled for a C & P exam tomorrow.

If this exam is done at a VAMC he can get a copy of it via ebenefits ( If he has signed up there)

or with a brief request under the Privacy Act 5, USC 552, to their Records access officer, but if the VA farmed the exam out to a contracting doctor, the VA will not release the C & P exam results until they have made a decision.

Is he claiming his IHD is due  to service in Vietnam, or does he meet the criteria for the Thailand, or Korea Agent Orange regulations?

If not does he AO exposure elsewhere?

Do his SMRs reflect treatment for heart disease?

(SMR Service Medical Records)

Does he receive SSDI ( Social Security Disability Insurance payments?

I

Berta, "THANK YOU" for answering this so fast!  

Yes, he is on ebenefits and will see a doc at a VAMC,  Jesse Brown VA hospital tomorrow and with your suggestion....I WILL MAKE SURE TO GET A COPY OF WHAT THE EXAM STATES, or I guess I will see it on ebenefits.   

This is what his VSO put on ebenefits:  

  • Submitted: 03/29/2017 (Compensation)
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  • Disabilities Claimed: heart condition (related to: Agent Orange - Vietnam)DBQ justifies a 100 percent evaluation based on METS no VA examination is needed.
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We have "NO CLUE" as to why he is seeing a doctor after what DAV put on there.  That is why I am doing all the research.  

No...hubby is not getting Social Securtiy Disability.  I took him to SS but they said that he filed fSocial Security Disability Insurance paymentsor it after he already accepted his regular SS retirement pay.  He is 70 years old.   

 

 

7 minutes ago, Berta said:

Yes, his claim is that IHD is service connected.  He was on a medical ship in the Navy, was hospitalized two times for pneumonia, once he had to stay hospitalized for a month.  But, none-the-less both his ships are on the list of effected ships for AO.  Your question:  His SMR show he was sick, but not with heart disease.  

Any advice as to what I can do to help this along?  Thank you so much for answering.  I am just doing all I can for hubby.  Just trying to get him what he deserves.  

 

 

 

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Sit back and try to relax. Wait for the Award Letter, then we can talk Turkey.

If you haven't already done so, set up your VA Direct Deposit Bank/CU account to Txt & Email you regarding all Financial Transaction in real-time. VA Retro usually hits well in advance (up to 3 mos) before you receive the actual Award/Denial Letter.    Semper Fi

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@ValpoVet

Basically a Veteran that is  100% S.C or  combined rating for TDIU P&T. and has another S.C. disability separate from his Current Disability's and that separate S.C. disability is 60% rating or higher , that qualify the Veteran for SMC S  and any other S.C. Disability's more server the SMC  Special Rating table claimes up in the SMC Pay rate chart.

VA is suppose to award the SMC  When this happens as a mandatory  Award but they don't always do that..The Veteran can request the SMC if he needs to.

jmo.

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Gastone,

I am a little "overwhelmed." Trying to get everything in order before I take him to the VA hospital.  

Help me understand what you mean by: VA Direct Deposit Bank or Credit Union.  I filled out the paper work for that, though (thank GOD) that doesn't show on ebenefits.  Is there something more I should be doing? There is nothing showing at my (our) bank that shows I have done that....(???)  

Tell me what you mean by:  VA Retro usually hits well in advance (up to 3 mos) before you receive the actual Award/Denial Letter.

Apparently, I answered Berta the wrong way.  I am better at posting than that.  Sorry for the quote in a quote.  

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