My cousin's waiting for a decision on his 1151 claim, which (if approved) would give him service-connection for almost total blindness that was caused by delayed treatment and misdiagosis of an eye infection that destroyed his retinas in 1998. He was working at that time.
Since he filed what the VA may consider an 1151 claim in 1998 (and a more specific claim in 2004, and again in January), we are asking that his disability compensation begin effective 1998. If the VA disagrees that the paperwork filed in 98 constitutes an 1151 claim, it may just start the claim in 04.
So, even if he's "retired" now at 73, is there any period after 1998 (when he was working at age 62) for which he might have been eligible for unemployability benefits, and if so, can he get any of those benefits, or is it too late to file for them? Assuming 1151 service connection is still considered service connection for purposes of unemployability claims.