Initial Release Date:
October 19, 2010
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) Calculator
letter provides regional offices (RO) with procedural guidance on the mandatory usage of the SMC Calculator.
The SMC Calculator
was developed as an Innovation Initiative by the San Diego RO in response to President Obama's challenge to streamline VA's
claims process. Based on disabilities input by the user, the Calculator determines the appropriate SMC entitlement and
provides guidance through applicable regulations to reach the total level of SMC. The Calculator is a stand-alone tool
and not currently linked to RBA 2000. It is designed to provide accurate codes for SMC awards, SMC paragraphs, and possible
ancillary benefits based on the current law (last changed on December 26, 2007). The decision maker will use the information
derived from the Calculator as a worksheet to transpose into RBA 2000.
On June 28
and 29, 2010, RBA 2000 super users were trained on using the SMC Calculator and tasked to train all Decision Review
Officers and Rating Veterans Service Representatives at their individual ROs.
the date of this fast letter, all ROs are required to use the SMC Calculator to determine the appropriate SMC codes and SMC
paragraphs (in all cases of multiple SMC entitlements that require a calculation) to input into RBA 2000.
maker will be required to print the worksheet and file it in the claims folder.