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SMC Categories


Category L

The following conditions qualify for a rating under Category L:

  • Amputation of both feet (below the knee)
  • Loss of use of both feet (below the knee)
  • Amputation of one foot (below the knee) and the loss of use of the other foot
  • Amputation of one hand (below the elbow) and one foot (below the knee)
  • Loss of use of one hand (below the elbow) and one foot (below the knee)
  • Amputation of one foot (below the knee) and the loss of use of one hand
  • Amputation of one hand (below the elbow) and the loss of use of one foot
  • Blindness in both eyes
  • Permanently bedridden
  • In regular need of another person to help dress, clean, feed himself, and use the restroom (aid and attendance)

Category L ½

The following conditions qualify for a rating under Category L ½:

  • Amputation of one foot and amputation of the other knee
  • Loss of use of one foot and amputation of the other knee
  • Amputation of one foot and loss of use of the other knee
  • Loss of use of one foot and loss of use of the other knee
  • Amputation of one foot and amputation of one elbow
  • Amputation of one foot and loss of use of one elbow
  • Loss of use of one foot and amputation of one elbow
  • Loss of use of one foot and loss of use of one elbow
  • Amputation of one knee and amputation of one hand
  • Amputation of one knee and loss of use of one hand
  • Loss of use of one knee and amputation of one hand
  • Loss of use of one knee and loss of use of one hand
  • Blindness in one eye and total blindness in the other eye with only the ability to perceive light
  • Blindness in both eyes and loss of use of one foot (rated by the VASRD less than 50%)

Category M

The following conditions qualify for a rating under Category M:

  • Amputation of both hands (below the elbow)
  • Loss of use of both hands
  • Amputation of one hand (below the elbow) and the loss of use of one hand
  • Amputation of both knees
  • Loss of use of both knees
  • Amputation of one elbow and one knee
  • Loss of use of one elbow and one knee
  • Amputation of one foot and amputation of one leg so close to the hip that it is impossible to wear a prosthesis
  • Loss of use of one foot and amputation of one leg so close to the hip that it is impossible to wear a prosthesis
  • Amputation of one foot and amputation of one arm so close to the shoulder that it is impossible to wear a prosthesis
  • Loss of use of one foot and amputation of one arm so close to the shoulder that it is impossible to wear a prosthesis
  • Amputation of one foot and loss of use of one arm at the shoulder
  • Loss of use of one foot and loss of use of one arm at the shoulder
  • Amputation of one hand and amputation of one leg so close to the hip that it is impossible to wear a prosthesis
  • Loss of use of one hand and amputation of one leg so close to the hip that it is impossible to wear a prosthesis
  • Total blindness in both eyes with only the ability to perceive light
  • Blindness in both eyes that requires the veteran to have someone help with his basic needs (eating, using the restroom, dressing, etc.)
  • Blindness in one eye and the physical loss of the other eye
  • Blindness in one eye and total blindness without the ability to perceive light in the other eye
  • Blindness in one eye and total blindness in the other eye with only the ability to perceive light and total deafness in one ear
  • Blindness in both eyes and deafness in both ears (rated by the VASRD 30% or more)
  • Blindness in both eyes and amputation of one hand
  • Blindness in both eyes and loss of use of one hand
  • Blindness in both eyes and amputation of one foot
  • Blindness in both eyes and loss of use of one foot (rated by the VASRD at 50% or more)
  • Blindness in one eye and total blindness in the other eye with only the ability to perceive light and the loss of use of one foot (rated by the VASRD at less than 50%)


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