VA Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

VA Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their Spouses, Surviving Spouses and parents. For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or by specific disability, such as loss of use of one hand or leg. For Spouses and Surviving Spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person.