New SMC9t Compensation
The VA now provides a new benefit for veterans who
do not qualify for special monthly compensation (SMC) under 38 U.S.C. § 1114(r)(2) (called SMC r-2) but who, due to service-connected
TBI, need daily help from others without which they would need institutional care. This new benefit is called SMC(t) because
the requirements are contained in 38 U.S.C. § 1114(t).
Effective October 1, 2011, veterans with service-connected TBI who meet
the following requirements are eligible for SMC9t):
- The veteran
needs regular air and maintenance (A & A) (SMC(I)) for residuals of TBI (a veteran who needs regular and attendance from
another to perform the personal functions of daily living is eligible to receive the regular aid and attendance benefit, which
is also called SMC(I)), and
- The veteran is not eligible for the higher level
of A & A under U.S.C. § 1114(r)(2), and
- The veteran would require
hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care in the absence of regular in-home aid and attendance
See your VSO for details or call 800-827-1000 today.