What is SMC Category K under Special Monthly Compensation?
In addition to Regular VA Disability, SMC Category K gives extra Special Monthly Compensation based solely on the loss of (amputation or removal) or loss of use of a body part or function. Category K can be given even if the condition does not qualify for any other Special Monthly Compensation. The total amount of compensation received, however, cannot be more than the amount of compensation given for Category L.
The following body parts can be rated under Category K:
- Amputation of a hand
- Amputation of a foot
- Loss of use of a hand
- Loss of use of a foot
- Physical loss of one eye
- Total blindness in one eye to such a degree that the individual only has the ability to perceive light or less
- Physical loss of a creative organ, including ovaries, uterus, testicles, etc.
- Loss of use of a creative organ
- Inability to speak without the help of a prosthesis because of damage to the muscles or nerves that control the voice
- Complete deafness in both ears
- Loss of use of BOTH buttocks (For “loss of use” in this case, the veteran must be unable to rise to his feet and remained balanced without using his arms or assistance.
- Loss of 25% or more of breast tissue in one or both breasts combined, or after radiation treatment to the breast tissues
The current compensation tables can be found here on the VA Web site.
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