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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Spent warrior

Small Pension Derail Me?

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I'm 80%; 70% PTSD and then diabetis and my original battle wound. They are leaning on me more and more at work as I come up short in my performance. I don't know how much longer I can make it. I and too old for post office disability, but have a minor child and a son in college ($).

I will never get SS, but I will get pension (that's too small to live on given my huge debt from my inability to manage my life smartly).

My main question is:

Is a pension that is greater than the ammount you are able to earn under TDIU a deal breaker? OR doesn't it count as employement income?

When they or I decide I can't do the work anymore I have a period of sick leave where I won't be working hence qualify as "not working" before I get the pension.

I am not trying to hoard money, my life is a disaster and work is becoming impossible.... but I can't just quit.

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You can get TDIU after you have retired from work. Age is not a factor, nor the fact that you have retired. It is based on your ability to gain/sustain employment.

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Thank you, that is good important news. Since no one else posted I guess it's agreed with by other experts here too.

I am going to DAV to discuss with them to get their help, hope they agree too.

I still didn't tell them at work what is wrong with me. My boss asked me this morning and I am so hesitant to say anything. They want me to go to a big convention. I said I don't want to go for personal reasons (you know, I can't stand the crowd). Boss wants to know what is wrong, and wants to know why I am not doing well in general at work. He sees I go to appointments a lot (va help). Said he needs some answers Asking in a nice way for now but he is treating me as if I am less than he wants or needs.

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I agree with Sharon

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Thank you, that is good important news. Since no one else posted I guess it's agreed with by other experts here too.

I am going to DAV to discuss with them to get their help, hope they agree too.

I still didn't tell them at work what is wrong with me. My boss asked me this morning and I am so hesitant to say anything. They want me to go to a big convention. I said I don't want to go for personal reasons (you know, I can't stand the crowd). Boss wants to know what is wrong, and wants to know why I am not doing well in general at work. He sees I go to appointments a lot (va help). Said he needs some answers Asking in a nice way for now but he is treating me as if I am less than he wants or needs.

Spent,

Why not come clean with your boss and let them know that

your SC'd disabilities are presenting problems for you.

jmho,

carlie

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Spent,

Why not come clean with your boss and let them know that

your SC'd disabilities are presenting problems for you.

jmho,

carlie

I agree with carlie. Let them KNOW what is wrong. Many people, once you let them know that you are a veteran and you are struggling, for many people, bosses and supervisors included, take personal pride in being able to help a vet.

At least, I always did.

Tell them that you are working very hard to reach their expectations and to reach a resolution to your work performance (you just don't need to tell them that "your resolution to your problem" is to get the heck outta there! At least, don't YET tell them that you have "retirement plans"!

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