SMC-K, SMC-S, and SMC-L

Common Levels of Special Monthly Compensation – SMC-K, SMC-S, & SMC-L Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free monetary benefit paid by VA to Veterans who have a service-connected disability (or disabilities) that is so severe it results in symptoms outside of the normal rating criteria. SMC doesn’t have ratings like…

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March 5th Healthcare

VA Expands VA Healthcare to More Veterans Exposed to Environmental Hazards On Monday, February 26th, during a VA Secretary press conference, it was announced that VA healthcare would be expanded to eligible Veterans exposed to environmental hazards. This will go into effect on March 5, 2024. During the press conference, Dr. Shereef…

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CLJA Deadline

Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) Deadline August 10, 2024 Camp Lejeune Justice Act Deadline On August 10th 2022, the PACT Act legislature was signed into law. The PACT Act was designed to increase the presumptive locations and medical conditions for various toxic exposures.The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was created as part of…

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Veteran Record Request Backlog Caused by COVID-19 Has Cleared

Veteran Record Request Backlog Caused by COVID-19 Has Cleared The National Archives was able to clear the backlog of 600,000 record requests. This backlog was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic when staff were not able to complete these requests.  “The National Archives plays a critical role in ensuring that our veterans and…

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2024 VA Disability Rates

VA Disability Rates 2024 COLA The 2024 Cost of living adjustments (COLA) will be applied starting December 1, 2023. To learn more about the cost of living adjustment, learn more on the VA website. 10% – 20% (No Dependents) Percentage Rate 10% $171.23 20% $338.49 30% – 60% Without Children Dependent Status 30%…

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What Happens After Submission of VA form 21-526EZ

After Submission of VA form 21-526EZ Initial Review After submitting your claim, you will receive confirmation from VA that they have started the review process. During this time, make sure to check for any correspondence from VA. Evidence Gathering VA has a duty to assist you with evidence gathering in the development…

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