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So I’m 100 P and T due to my sTBI and several other little things equaling over an additional 60% giving me SMC S. I have since filed for an increase for my migraines the VA has is on their way to giving me Botox. Not really thinking to much about SMCs if my increase is granted is there anything else I would qualify for that I am unaware of? 

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Do you have "loss of use" of anything?  

Or, do you need aid and attendance?

Does your spouse need a and a?

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I receive SMC S now and didn’t apply for aid and attendance the regional office said being 100% P and T for my TBi isn’t enough to receive aid and attendance, even though my wife has to work Part time due to having to help with me not allowing her to work full time. So I didn’t ask or press...

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@Buck52 brought up something often overlooked: loss of use.

If your SC disabilities, or the side effects of medications used to treat them, cause an additional disability, you can file a claim for it. One example is ED. If you are diagnosed with ED and feel it is related to your SC disabilities and treating medications, it might be worth it to file a claim. If you win, it will be a separate SMC-K award, which is a little over $100 per month.

 

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I receive SMC S now and didn’t apply for aid and attendance the regional office said being 100% P and T for my TBi isn’t enough to receive aid and attendance,

Tatoo this on your arm, if necessary, to remember it:

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You can not beleive everything your VARO or VSO tells you.  

What the VARO told you is not true.  Citing M21-1MR, Part V, Subpart ii, Chapter 3,  whenever you are awarded a single 100 percent disability, they are required to consider A and A.  

If, indeed, you feel like you meet the criteria for A and A, then fight VA for it, and you can begin by applying for it.  Even tho, they should have considered it earlier, go ahead and apply and if they dont give you the effective date you want, fight for that, too.  

 

Of course, if by telling you made up stuff like that, they can get you to "not apply", then they have accomplished their purpose:  They have saved themselves work.  

 

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