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Benefit Of Tdiu If I'm Already 100% P&t Schedular?


I've searched for a couple hours and can't find anything related to the difference between a 100% P&T schedular rating and TDIU. Isn't the compensation the same?

A couple of people said I should be TDIU due to my 70% PTSD/depression, but I'm already 100% P&T, so what would be the difference/benefit other than reduced income from not working?

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ebs050, I have read some posts that seem to demonstrate a misunderstanding of TDIU and schedular 100%. You wrote: "There are differences between 100% schedular and IU p&t." The context of your s

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Ok so I'm 70% P/T with IU. I filed a claim in Sept 2016 for Aid/Attendance because of the difficulties that I have with daily living. My VA doctor annotated on the Aid/Attendance Exam form that I require the regular aid/attendance from my spouse. In addition to filing for the A/A I also file for increases for my service connected CAD and Lumbosacral Strain with bilateral lower extremity radiculopathy. I filed for sleep apnea and hypertension as secondary to my service connected CAD as well as I filed for Herniated Discs as secondary to my service connected Lumbosacral Strain. My VSO instructed me to file for the increases and new conditions to help with my A/A claim. I have unsteady gait and sciatica due to my lumbosacral strain and several herniated disc. My C&P exam that i had in Feb 2017 appear to be favorable for me in the that examiner noted that the new back conditions were a result of my current service connected lumbosacral strain. It is also noted in the DBQ that my ROM is abnormal/out of normal range as well as I have unsteady gait. Also the Cardiologist noted on my Heart Disease DBQ that I experience at least 3 episodes per month of having chest pain while at rest in which I use nitroglycerin tablets to help relieve. I have read that if you experience episodes or heart disease i.e. chest pain without any physical activity that It would warrant a 100% rating for the CAD. The VSO stated that it is possible that my current 70% P/T could be increased to a schedular 100% P/T and that my heart condition alone could be increased from 10% to 100%.  So with this being said is it still not possible for me to be P/T with IU and schedular 100% P/T? My current TDIU is due to my service connected conditions as well as I am receiving SSDI due to my service connected conditions. My Claim is currently in the Prep for Decision phase. Wish me luck.

My current conditions: Lumbosacral Strain 20%, Right Lower Extremity Radiculopathy 20%, Left Lower Extremity Radiculopathy 20%, Right Shoulder Fixation/Reduction 20%, CAD 10%.

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Then there is this.

2012 thru 12/2015, I was 90% SC TDIU T & P No Future Exams. Mid 12/15, Rating Dept did a Quality Review of an SA Increase Denial from 07/15, SA was increased from 50 to 100% T & P No future Exams. My Jan 3, 2016 E-Ben SC Letters and Status, no longer said anything about IU, the previous IU award is moot. Scheduler 100%, trumps IU.

100% Scheduler T & P and IU T& P get the same dependant Bennies.

Talking IU and Income, 2011 thru mid 15, I was self-employed working part-time with Net Earned Income of slightly less than the SGI. Sent my 2140's in at the proper time, never had an IU problem.

As to being 100% Scheduler for a MH condition. The Vet doesn't have to provide any type of Earned Income info to the VA after the 100% Award, the 2140 is only required yearly, for IU currently to age 70.

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I never understood how they do this

I was 90% Combined and could not work  so the Rater  or I should say the DRO bump me up to  TDIU P&T With no future exams scheduled and disability is of Nature in 2003.

  Now I am still TDIU P&T According to e benefits.

However since the IU Award of 2003 I have got a 70% PTSD Award in 2015

Now on e benefits it says I have a Final Degree 100% rating   and SMC -S was inferred to my total ratings...but yet I still have to send in the 21-4140-1 every year...so I take it I am still TDIU P&T \

Here is Exactly what e benefits has:



Total Combined Disability

You have a 100% final degree of disability. This percentage determines the amount of benefit pay you will receive.

How is this calculated

Add Disabilities

 tinnitus10%Service Connected12/10/2002

bilateral hearing loss90%Service Connected03/17/2003

posttraumatic stress disorder70%Service Connected10/02/2015

erectile dysfunction 

0%Service Connected01/22/2016

HOWEVER THE IU and tinnitus was dated 2002/2003  but they retro paid me the date I' filled for increase 1999 but the effective date says different.

You've seen that blue circle on e benefits that  gets bigger when you put your mouse cursor over it...On mine it says 100%

So I am not sure what I am Rated At?   100% p&t  or TDIU P&T

Maybe John Basser, Jerrel and Alex Will talk about this on the  Hadit Podcast Radio show Thursday Evening  5-4-2017 at 6:00 pm Eastern time.??

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Jim Strickland from VAWatchdog.org has a good reply on this over at Stateside Legal here's an excerpt with a link to the post.


The benefits that are available for a dependent of a 100% schedular disabled veteran and a 100% TDIU disabled veteran are exactly the same. The confusion comes from the fact that it isn't the rating of schedular v. TDIU but permanent v temporary assignments of the benefits.

Any 100% rated veteran get's the same money and basic benefits. The TDIU rating is simply a recognition by VA that the Schedule For Rating Disabilities (the Schedule) often falls short. The Schedule is where we get the term "schedular" as it applies to a rating. Because of the Combined Ratings Table (CRT or "VA math") some ratings won't make it to 100% by the schedule. Yet those veterans won't be able to hold gainful employment because of their multiple service connected disabilities.

The TDIU ratings process recognizes that and compensates for it by recognizing that there are many vets who are unemployable because of service connected disabilities. In the end, the 100% rating of a TDIU veteran is exactly the same as a veteran who is rated 100% by the schedule.

But wait...it isn't precisely the same...typical of VA. The veteran who is rated 100% by the Schedule is allowed to work. Many veterans who are rated as 100% schedular are working and earning good salaries. The TDIU rated vet isn't allowed to hold gainful employment because his 100% rating is contingent upon his inability to hold gainful employment.

The real confusion starts when we determine whether or not the 100% rating, whether schedular or TDIU, is a permanent rating or a temporary rating. Any rating awarded by VA may be assigned as being temporary or permanent.

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