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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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just been rated 70% ptsd . my vso said we should file for tdiu. in order to get it right the first time is there anything i should do before submitting the claim.

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Just be sure you have a statement from a doctor saying you are unable to work solely due to your SC condition. That is the basis of TDIU.

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Getting a statement from your doctor helps. A lot of them are hesitant to provide such a statement but if you remind them that, under VA rules, they have a duty to assist veteran's in such matters they'll give in. Sometimes it takes a little push in the right direction.

Regardless, unless overwhelming medical evidence already exists in your VA records they will probably send you for C&P exams (mental and physical) for another opinion. Hopefully you'll get a doc that is more thorough in answering the rater's questions than my docs were and they won't have to send your file back to the examining doctors for clarification. That kicked my IU claim back from Decision to Development phase and its been stuck there for weeks.

I told my VSO that if they deny my IU claim, I'm marching right up to the VARO and applying for a job and see how quickly they turn me down when I explain all my limitations. For some folks IU seems to be cut and dried and for others its an uphill battle. I hope yours goes smoothly and quickly.

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Thank you, good advice. I was wondering if a imo would be okay. based on the reason for their decision i would not hire me. Do veterans have to disclose their disabilities to an employer.

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I used an IMO when I claimed TDIU. That is how I got it.

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Thanks john999, everyones advice is appreciated. maybe someone will know about disclosure of disabilities to potential employers.

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