Disability Benefits

What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

January 27, 2014
TDIU for veterans

TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more service-connected disabilities, but have less than a 100% schedular rating. The technical legal standard is whether you are “unable to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation […]

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Should I Hire an Attorney or VSO to Help Me with My VA Claim?

April 22, 2010
Attorneys win more cases at the BVA than VSOs

As you can see from the above chart, having an attorney at your BVA hearing increases your chances of winning. Even though attorneys have been able to represent claimants at BVA hearings for only a short time, our impact is being felt by the veterans we represent. Attorneys were successful for their clients in 69% of […]

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How Do I Apply for Veterans’ Compensation for a Disabling Condition?

April 14, 2010
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You can apply for disability benefits from the VA in two ways. 1. You can apply on the Internet. Go to the Department of Veterans Affairs Online Application Website (VONAPP). Instructions are here. 2. You can also apply by filling out a paper form. Fill out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension. If you […]

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How Long Will My VA Disability Case Take?

April 6, 2010
BVA report 2009

Getting VA disability can take a long time. It can take up to a year to get a rating decision from the VA after filing your application. If you are not happy with the rating decision, you have 1 year to appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement. Recent information from the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) shows […]

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Getting Congressional Help With Your VA Claim

February 3, 2010
Contact congress for help with your VA claim.

If you’ve been getting the run-around from the VA and your VSO doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere, contacting Congress can get the wheels turning. To contact your U.S. Senator or Representative, go to Project Vote Smart, and click on “Complete Contact Information” once you get to your senator’s or representative’s page. Let them know […]

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