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Sgt Mac

Putting In For Ssdi And Tpui ?

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Hi,

I have just left Work on Disability/ Ret. and will be puting in for SSDI and TPUI I do have a CP for back and legs from Viet Nam from June that the VA in Baltimore is seating on and was reelv for PTSD 50% last Nov ( I was told that was all that they can do because I was still working?) by the Vet Center that I go to ever week X 2 yrs.

Any help or info

Thanks Sgt Mac

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Welcome to Hadit. There is a multitude of info on TDIU claims here on Hadit. Just plug the term TDIU into the search function and it all should show up.

What specific questions do you have about TDIU?

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There are a couple of Hadit Members who put in for SSD and TDIU when they retired and got it fairly quickly. SSD has a 5 month wait from the 1st month after you last worked and 2 years for your Medicare.VA can actually rate you fairly quickly after you have an initial rating like you do.

Good Luck

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Thank You Pete and Ricky,

I will look up TDIU and SSD as you said Thanks I realy have 3 things working now

1 My early retirement / Disability will take about 2 or 3 months for a yes or no answer on the Disability part that is. The retirement part starts march 1 that is ok'd I am out on sick day till then it is not much $500 - $310 Blue Cross - $100 Taxes I need to keep the Blue Cross as my Wife is in the Hospital Now

2 SSD I am looking at Allsup I am 59 and have work over 40 years can I apply March 1st or ?

3 VA TDUI I am looking at the mail daily for a word about the C&P on my back, foot, leg SC from Nam the army had them at 10% each VA at 0% when I got out and I had a reeval in Nov for PTSD 50% and I am going with DAV but they do not call back no info?

Q; do I reopen the C&P, what for the back C&P, or what for SSD and then put in for TDIU hopefully the job dis. and the back C&P will be in by then (1 or 2 years) or March 1 put in for SSD and TDUI ?

Sgt Mac

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Thank You Pete and Ricky,

I will look up TDIU and SSD as you said Thanks I realy have 3 things working now

1 My early retirement / Disability will take about 2 or 3 months for a yes or no answer on the Disability part that is. The retirement part starts march 1 that is ok'd I am out on sick day till then it is not much $500 - $310 Blue Cross - $100 Taxes I need to keep the Blue Cross as my Wife is in the Hospital Now

2 SSD I am looking at Allsup I am 59 and have work over 40 years can I apply March 1st or ?

3 VA TDUI I am looking at the mail daily for a word about the C&P on my back, foot, leg SC from Nam the army had them at 10% each VA at 0% when I got out and I had a reeval in Nov for PTSD 50% and I am going with DAV but they do not call back no info?

Q; do I reopen the C&P, what for the back C&P, or what for SSD and then put in for TDIU hopefully the job dis. and the back C&P will be in by then (1 or 2 years) or March 1 put in for SSD and TDUI ?

Sgt Mac

If I were you I would apply for TDIU today. When doing your research you will see the from required to do so. On SSDI, since you are on sick leave it will be disapproved so I would wait to apply. On the application for the SSDI make sure you claim it effective the first that you could not work due to your disabilities.

From what I understand you are applying for disability retirement from your work. Is that correct? Is it a state system or federal. If federal it will affect your SSDI payments. If a state system you should not have any problems.

Good luck to you and your wife. I hope she gets better soon. Also if I were you and you can keep the BC/BS I would do so. The reason for this is that even if the VA awards 100 percent based on TDIU it is unlikely they will award it as P&T the first go around. As such your wife will not have any insurance coverage. This is a trying time for there are many life changing decisions facing you and your family. I know cause I am facing the same at this time. Retire - don't retire. keep insurance - don't keep insurance etc...... Go slow and breathe every chance you get cause if you don't this stuff will run you crazy my friend. Hang in there and use the big shoulder provided by Hadit to lean on when needed.

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