HomeVeterans Guide to VA BenefitsAppendix III - VA Compensation Rate Tables2021 Special Monthly Compensation Table

2. 2021 Special Monthly Compensation Table

2021 VA Special Monthly Compensation Rates

VA special monthly compensation (SMC) is a higher rate of compensation paid to Veterans as well as their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents with certain needs or disabilities.

Effective December 1, 2020

SMC-K and SMC-Q rates

SMC letter designation

Monthly payment (in U.S. $)

How this payment variation works

SMC-K

111.74

If you qualify for SMC-K, VA will add this rate to your basic disability compensation rate for any disability rating from 0% to 100%. rate will be added to all SMC basic rates except SMC-O, SMC-Q, and SMC-R. You may receive 1 to 3 SMC-K awards in addition to basic and SMC rates.

SMC-Q

67.00

This is a protected rate that VA haven’t awarded since August 19, 1968. If VA awarded you an SMC-Q designation, they will pay this rate in place of your basic disability compensation rate.

 

Special monthly compensation rates for Veterans without children

SMC-L thru SMC-N rates


Dependent status

SMC-L (in U.S. $)

SMC-L 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-M (in U.S. $)

SMC-M 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-N (in U.S. $)

Veteran alone

(no dependents)

3,915.14

4,117.54

4,320.76

4,617.63

4,915.17

With spouse

(no parents or children)

4,090.57

4,292.97

4,496.19

4,793.06

5,090.60

With spouse and 1 parent

(no children)

4,231.36

4,433.76

4,636.98

4,933.85

5,231.39

With spouse and 2 parents

(no children)

4,372.15

4,574.55

4,777.77

5,074.64

5,372.18

With 1 parent

(no spouse or children)

4,055.93

4,258.33

4,461.55

4,758.42

5,055.96

With 2 parents

(no spouse or children)

4,196.72

4,399.12

4,602.34

4,899.21

5,196.75

 

Added amounts

Dependent status

SMC-L (in U.S. $)

SMC-L 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-M (in U.S. $)

SMC-M 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-N (in U.S. $)

Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

 

SMC-N1/2 thru SMC-S rates

Dependent status

SMC-N 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-O/P (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.1 (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.2/T (in U.S. $)

SMC-S (in U.S. $)

Veteran alone

(no dependents)

5,204.30

5,493.95

7,850.43

9,004.64

3,521.85

With spouse

(no parents or children)

5,379.73

5,669.38

8,025.86

9,180.07

3,697.28

With spouse and 1 parent

(no children)

5,520.52

5,810.17

8,166.65

9,320.86

3,838.07

With spouse and 2 parents

(no children)

5,661.31

5,950.96

8,307.44

9,461.65

3,978.86

With 1 parent

(no spouse or children)

5,345.09

5,634.74

7,991.22

9,145.43

3,662.64

With 2 parents

(no spouse or children)

5,485.88

5,775.53

8,132.01

9,286.22

3,803.43

 

Added amounts

Dependent status

SMC-N 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-O/P (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.1 (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.2/T (in U.S. $)

SMC-S (in U.S. $)

Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

 

Special monthly compensation rates for Veterans with dependents, including children


SMC-L thru SMC-N rates 


Dependent status

SMC-L (in U.S. $)

SMC-L 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-M (in U.S. $)

SMC-M 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-N (in U.S. $)

Veteran with 1 child

(no spouse or parents)

4,032.46

4,234.86

4,438.08

4,734.95

5,032.49

With 1 child and spouse

(no parents)

4,219.04

4,421.44

4,624.66

4,921.53

5,219.07

With 1 child, spouse, and 1 parent

4,359.83

4,562.23

4,765.45

5,062.32

5,359.86

With 1 child, spouse, and 2 parents

4,500.62

4,703.02

4,906.24

5,203.11

5,500.65

With 1 child and 1 parent

(no spouse)

4,173.25

4,375.65

4,578.87

4,875.74

5,173.28

With 1 child and 2 parents

(no spouse)

4,314.04

4,516.44

4,719.66

5,016.53

5,314.07

 

Added amounts

Dependent status

SMC-L (in U.S. $)

SMC-L 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-M (in U.S. $)

SMC-M 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-N (in U.S. $)

Each additional child under age 18

87.17

87.17

87.17

87.17

87.17

Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program

281.57

281.57

281.57

281.57

281.57

Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

 

SMC-N1/2 thru SMC-S rates


Dependent status

SMC-N 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-O/P (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.1 (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.2/T (in U.S. $)

SMC-S (in U.S. $)

Veteran with 1 child

(no spouse or parents)

5,321.62

5,611.27

7,967.75

9,121.96

3,639.17

With 1 child and spouse

(no parents)

5,508.20

5,797.85

8,154.33

9,308.54

3,825.75

With 1 child, spouse, and 1 parent

5,648.99

5,938.64

8,295.12

9,449.33

3,966.54

With 1 child, spouse, and 2 parents

5,789.78

6,079.43

8,435.91

9,590.12

4,107.33

With 1 child and 1 parent

(no spouse)

5,462.41

5,752.06

8108.54

9,262.75

3,779.96

With 1 child and 2 parents

(no spouse)

5,603.20

5,892.85

8,249.33

9,403.54

3,920.75

Added amounts

Dependent status

SMC-N 1/2 (in U.S. $)

SMC-O/P (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.1 (in U.S. $)

SMC-R.2/T (in U.S. $)

SMC-S (in U.S. $)

Each additional child under age 18

87.17

87.17

87.17

87.17

87.17

Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program

281.57

281.57

281.57

281.57

281.57

Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

160.89

 

 


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