Obviously, the VRE officer is going to ask, "How come you are 100% P and T, and want to go to college to persue a career?"
With VA, SGE is defined as the poverty level earnings in a 12 month period. So, technically until you earn about $12,000 you do not meet the SGE criteria. VA regs discuss SGE in a fair amount of detail, stating that "marginal" employment does not disqualify a Veteran from TDIU. "Marginal" employment is employment that does not generate at least 12,000 per year.
They even have a special exception if you are in a type of family business. In other words, if you had PTSD, but your family owned a business and allowed you to stay on the payroll to go to doc appointments and the like where a "non family" employer may not be willing to put up with it.
You dont have a lot to lose: If you persue your career goals, the VA should not take away your benefits until you have been working for a full year, and achieved SGE, and, even then, it would take some time to make such a reduction happen: They have to give 60 days notice, and, we all know the VA does not move very fast. It could well be 2 or more years before they do a reduction proposal, especially since you are not TDIU and do not have to report income each year, like TDIU recipients do.
Let me make a correction. I was trying to say p&t instead of tdiu. My husband is like the rest of you guys that went to nam. Enlisted 5 days after graduating has. 17 yrs old. He did a total of 20 yrs between navy and Coast Gaurd. Then he did18 yrs in law enforcement. I think he worked enough. Couple of other jobs in between.
I think you should go to the VASRD:
And check the rating criteria that compares to your specific diagnostic code,just in case you need it.
But I do see what you mean as to the 100% and the doctor stated this disability has rendered you unable to work.
I just hope the VA does not confuse the 100% statement with the >3-5 METs part.
Hopefully this will go well for you and the doc made the proper nexus statement.