VA unemployability benefits are available to veterans who cannot work from service-connected disabilities. This page explains eligibility, applying, appealing, and what to expect through the VA unemployability process.
VA unemployability benefits for veterans can pay over $3,400 a month. Not sure if you are eligible? At no cost to you we can help you figure out if you are eligible. For a free VA unemployability benefits claim evaluation please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777. Remember: we are here to help.
What are VA unemployability benefits for veterans?
VA unemployability benefits for veterans are formally known as Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits. VA unemployability benefits for veterans are through the federal Veterans Administration. To receive VA unemployability benefits for veterans you must have service-connected mental and/or physical impairments. Those physical and mental impairments must prevent you from keeping or obtaining “gainful” employment.
Many veterans who have service-connected mental and physical impairments have trouble keeping a job. If so, you may be eligible for VA unemployability. Many mental and physical impairments come and go; in other words, they don’t always prevent you from working all the time. For example, say a veteran has a back problem that is service-connected. Back problems tend to not always hurt, but when your back problems do hurt, you cannot work. Veterans who wish to obtain VA unemployability benefits often have a condition that isn’t always a problem. But when it is, there is no way you can work.
How much compensation will I get for VA unemployability benefits for veterans?
If you are eligible for VA unemployability benefits for veterans, you will receive the same amount of monthly compensation as someone with an 100 percent VA disability rating. Currently that amount is $2,906.83. Some veterans will also be eligible for extra monthly compensation for dependent children and parents. That can raise your potential total monthly compensation to over $3,400 a month.
When many veterans are approved for VA unemployability benefits they also receive back pay from the Veterans Administration. Back pay compensation is the money you should have been receiving dating back to your effective date. Some veterans are shocked to find out their effective date was years ago and they are owed significant amounts of money from the Veterans Administration.
Who can receive VA unemployability benefits for veterans?
The Veterans Administration has very lengthy regulations about eligibility for TDIU VA disability benefits. The easiest way to find out about your eligibility is to call Woods & Woods. For free we can help you determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for VA unemployability benefits for veterans.
- The Veterans Administration requires you to have mental or physical disabilities that are service-connected.
- Your discharge status can affect your eligibility. Veterans with dishonorable discharges are not eligible for VA unemployability benefits.
- You should have some documentation to show the VA that you have service-connected disabilities. We highly recommend you treat with a doctor to obtain proper documentation of your mental and physical disabilities.
- National Guard and Reservists can be eligible if they were activated by the federal government. State government activation generally will not qualify you for VA unemployability benefits for veterans.
- Where you served can determine eligibility for certain impairments. For example, to receive Agent Orange disability benefits you must have served in places that Agent Orange was present. You are going to have to prove you were exposed.
VA unemployability benefits are for veterans with service-connected benefits.
To obtain TDIU benefits, your disability must be caused by your active-duty service in the military. Any physical or mental impairment that is caused by your service-connected disability may also be considered service-connected. Say for example you are a Vietnam veteran with diabetes from Agent Orange exposure. Any condition that is caused by your diabetes is also now considered service-connected and will be considered when applying for TDIU benefits. In other words, suppose your diabetes causes neuropathy, it is now considered a service-connected impairment and you are now eligible for VA benefits for that medical condition.
What if I was already denied VA unemployability benefits for veterans?
If you have been denied Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits you may have the option to appeal the VA’s bad decision. TDIU benefit appeals are common; lots of disabled veterans are denied the first time applying. If you were denied VA unemployability benefits for veterans you have one year from the date of the decision to appeal.
If you have waited longer than one year to appeal that decision you can just submit a new application and start a new claim. If you need help applying for VA benefits you can always call Woods & Woods. We never charge for help with the application.
Who can help with my VA unemployability benefits for veterans claim?
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has fought for injured and disabled people. Our veterans disability lawyers have helped thousands of disabled veterans and their families. We know the complicated VA unemployability system. Our VA disability lawyers work with teams of doctors, psychologists, case managers, and vocational experts to help prove you are disabled and can no longer work.