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I qualify for SMC L, and I want to qualify for L 1/2. What is the criteria to do this and how would I qualify?

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A1:  You would probably need to file for an increase to see if you have gotten to that level.  (GR)  6/14/19

A2:  If you are receiving Aid and Attendance you are at the (L) rate. To get to the (L 1/2 rate) for example: You have a below the knee amputation ((BKA) on one side and above the knee amputation (AKA) on the other side, your SMC (L) rate for both feet would be elevated a 1/2 step for the knee level to SMC (L 1/2).   (MA)  6/15/19

A3:   This what you have to be able to get L1/2
SMC(l )

The level of SMC(l ) represents an increase in severity of the amputation and/or loss of use (e.g. above vs. below the knee amputation). As you saw in SMC(l), the loss or loss of use of a limb is listed as below the knee; this means that the functionality of the knee or elbow remains. The conditions regarding loss or loss of use of limbs in the SMC(l ) category cause loss of the limb/functionality above the knee or elbow. The rate of compensation for a single veteran without dependents SMC(l ) is $4,000.69 per month as of December 2018.

The following conditions will qualify a veteran to receive SMC(l ) benefits:

  • Amputation of one foot and amputation of the other knee
  • Loss of use of one foot and amputation of the other knee
  • Amputation of one foot and loss of use of the other knee
  • Loss of use of one foot and loss of use of the other knee
  • Amputation of one foot and amputation of one elbow
  • Amputation of one foot and loss of use of one elbow
  • Loss of use of one foot and amputation of one elbow
  • Loss of use of one foot and loss of use of one elbow
  • Amputation of one knee and amputation of one hand
  • Amputation of one knee and loss of use of one hand
  • Loss of use of one knee and amputation of one hand
  • Loss of use of one knee and loss of use of one hand
  • Blindness in one eye and total blindness in the other eye with only the ability to perceive light
  • Blindness in both eyes and loss of use of one foot (rated by the VASRD less than 50%).  (JP)  9/1/19

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