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Deacon 2011

Iu Claim?

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Hey Team,

I am new to all of this, just rec'd 80% rating today for TBI with residuals; didn't know anything about IU when I submitted the claim however, VSO suggested I complete the 21-8940 and submit for IU. I had to resign from my job in December because I just couldn't work anymore... my questions are: what are my chances of receiving IU... how long does it normally take (claim took a year)... and must I be IU before I can file for SSDI? I have another claim pending that will at least result in a 90% rating... should I wiat for this claim to be closed or start moving on somehting now?

Sorry for all of the questions but like I said, I am a rookie at this!

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i would put iu claim in now. this will b your effective date if granted. yes started your ssdi claim it will take a while. i say this because i am 100% and am just now doing my ssdi case. you will get iu

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Thanks Yulooking!

i would put iu claim in now. this will b your effective date if granted. yes started your ssdi claim it will take a while. i say this because i am 100% and am just now doing my ssdi case. you will get iu

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Actually, my experience was that SSA granted SSDI well before the VA got around to even looking at my claim.

I was told (at the time) that two things helped speed up the process.

First, I filed for early retirement (62). This indicates to SSA that they will be paying regardless. Next, a senior SSA clerk was very helpful, and told me exactly what to do.

Another clerk (a junior one at that) was not helpful, and did not have a clue to the process of obtaining an earlier effective date. (Sounds like the VA)

I had to go back to the senior clerk to get things to flow as they should.

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Deacon, Can you change your avatar to 80% as it still has the 40% you previously had. Thanks. Yes put in for IU now.

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Sure... submitted IU paperwork today; will I have to go through another series of C&P exams for this? I just wne through a boat load of them from June through October as it relates to my current rating.

Deacon, Can you change your avatar to 80% as it still has the 40% you previously had. Thanks. Yes put in for IU now.

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