I began a series of blogs dealing with the various forms of special monthly compensation that are available to certain disabled Veterans in specific situations. This “Special Monthly Compensation” is applied because the level of compensation for the particular condition is not included within the Rating Schedule. This includes conditions such as erectile dysfunction, amputation of one or both limbs, payments for in home care, etc. Special Monthly Compensation is payable on top of the Veteran’s compensation for his overall disability evaluation. Today, I will be discussing the highest level of Special Monthly Compensation available to a disabled Veteran, Special Monthly Compensation, R.2.

Codified at Chapter 38 U.S. Code § 1114 (r)(2), the regulations states “if the Veteran, in addition to such need for regular aid and attendance,[1] is in need of a higher level of care, such Veteran shall be paid a monthly aid and attendance allowance at the rate of $2,983… if the Secretary finds that the Veteran, in the absence of the provision of such care, would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care.” 38 U.S.C. § 1114 (r)(2). The regulation goes on to state that “need for a higher level of care shall be considered to be need for personal health-care service provided on a daily basis in the Veteran’s home by a person who is licensed to provide such services or who provides such services under the regular supervision of a licensed health-care professional.