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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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Waitng For Hearing Ssdi Should I Try Voc Rehab

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I am currently waiting for a hearing and kind of torn whether to apply for voc rehab or not. Part of me wants to work but I don't think I can. I just want to keep some options open and with all my injuries Voc rehab may not accept me any way. I going to have to have a cervical revision done in a few weeks and trying to hold off low back fusion. If they dont accept me would it hinder my SSDI case or help it.

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381. I know you have to have atleast 20% disability rating to qualify for Voc Rehab. The process takes a bit, it took me about six months after my rating to actually get Voc Rehab. I was approved and it was worth the wait so I advise you to hang in there. If you do not get Voc Rehab due to your disablitities I understand it could assist in TDIU. I am sure the others with more expirience will assist you here with better info. Hang in there and keep asking the questions.:biggrin: I am pretty sure it has no effect on SSD, I recieve that as well and had no problems getting it.

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Willie is correct on the 20%, unless you were granted 10% or more upon discharge from service. Here's the link for you to review.

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

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Yes I am 20% just dont want to screw up sddi

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Ok, You have to keep in mind what the purpose of Voc Rehab is. Their purpose is to rehabilitate a person so that person could return to the work force. So lets say they accept you thinking you can be rehabilitated. Now, SSA see's this and they would probably think that since the VA thinks you can return to work, then they might think your not totally disabled and deny you SSD. Now, on the other hand, if Voc Rehab say's your unemployable, then that would help your SSD claim. JMO and others here may have a different opinion as well.

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I guess I am going to wait and see how SSDI plays out. I don't want to submit to voc rehab and not go thru with it and kind of doubt I would be approved anyway. It has been a difficult journey as I was self employed doing what I enjoyed and it is very hard to close my business and accept that I am disabled.

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