Veterans Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify for Individual Unemployability?
The Department of Veterans Affairs Individual Unemployability program is designed to help veterans who are not able to maintain gainful employment due to a service connected disability. Specificially, it allows eligible veterans to receive certain veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even if their service connected disabilities are rated at less than 100%.
You may be eligible for Individual Unemployability if:
- You are a veteran
- You have at least one disability (service connected) rated at least at 60%; OR
- You have two or more disabilities (service connected) with at least one disability rated at 40% or more and a combined rating of 70% or more.
- You must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment due to your service connected disability. The VA does not consider marginal employment – which includes odd jobs – as substantial gainful employment.
Any veteran receiving VA disability benefits knows how important rating decisions are and how difficult it can be to get your rating percentage increased – the VA Individual Unemployability program is an acknowledgement of that fact. At Shook & Stone, our accredited VA lawyers can help you learn more about whether you qualify for this program and can assist you step-by-step in providing the required evidence to help you secure these benefits.
Of course, with this being the VA, there are caveats to receiving unemployability. The major one being that the service connected disability you suffer from provides a rating of 60% or more. There are very few exceptions to this rule, but there are exceptions. Our legal team can help you learn more about your current situation, qualification criteria, and how we can be of assistance.
If you would like more information about veterans disability in Las Vegas, Shook & Stone is here to help.
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