Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is the result of a traumatic experience. Since Veterans are often exposed to traumatic experiences throughout their military service, many Veterans develop PTSD – especially if they were exposed to combat. However, Veterans who develop a disability or condition while…

If you have a service-connected disability that prevents you from working, you may be entitled to individual unemployability. If the VA grants a Veteran’s claim for individual unemployability, the Veteran will receive monthly compensation as if he or she has a 100 percent rating even if he or she is…

Aid & Attendance Benefits

In addition to VA disability compensation, several other forms of increased compensation may be available to you or your spouse. One specific type of increased compensation is known as “Aid & Attendance” and may be paid as an increase to a veteran’s disability compensation or as an increase to a…

SSDI and VA Benefits

By Stephani Bennett, Veterans Attorney Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and VA Disability Benefits exist to provide a safety net for the disabled. Nothing prevents qualifying Veterans from receiving both benefits and there is no offset. In other words, a Veteran can receive both benefits entirely. However, receipt of one…

Do I Qualify for TDIU?

What Is TDIU? For veterans who are wondering, “Do I qualify for TDIU?” due to their service-connected disabilities, there might be some relief. If granted, TDIU grants 100 percent disability benefits to the veteran even if his or her disabilities do not add up to 100 percent under the rating…

How to Apply for TDIU

How to Apply for TDIU? Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) allows the VA to pay some disabled veterans as if they were rated at 100% disability. For example, if a veteran has been trained for the construction trade but can’t work because of a service-connected disability rated at…

In our last post, we discussed what the requirements were for what’s called a “schedular” Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) or Individual Unemployability (IU) rating. Generally speaking, you need at least one service-connected disability rated at 60 percent or higher, or at least one service-connected disability rated at…

TDIU & Todd v. McDonald

Evelyn Todd brought argument on behalf of her deceased husband, Robert M. Todd, for entitlement to total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) under the theories of both schedular evaluation and extra-schedular evaluation. The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) remanded the case for further development by the Board…