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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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recently received 70% ptsd "45 years later ! " and 60 % heart  =90% cant believe this all happened so quickly. I was thinking I will go forward with an iu claim to get 100% and if denied I will file the other medical issues to accomplish the same end? I am 65 leaving my job and I am supported by my pcp dr with medical letters because of medications I take "13" heart issues and my depression issues with ptsd also. I have outside dr s who will file imo etc as needed, great support. any advise from elders or fellow service  people. I want this for my wife, my health sucks not crying just need advice

thanks sjf "newbie"

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22 minutes ago, steve7071 said:

I am 65 leaving my job and I am supported by my pcp dr with medical letters because of medications I take "13" heart issues and my depression issues with ptsd also.

I am not trying to be insensitive but IU/TDIU is for veterans that can't work due to their service connected disabilities and not veteran leaving work. In other words, you should not be working at all right now.

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wrong words "leaving", prior to s/c decision I was on fmla,reduced work hours and gave notice to  leave soon due to health issues per my doctor, and the c&p docs also indicated very limited work and probable failure at regular work environments. this is why I waited 45 years to file, guilt, unable to articulate without anger and fear of rejection by fellow vets.this site is great but putting my laundry out in public was a terrible idea .I was looking for direction not affection. god bless and thanks for listening.

steve 7071 ,2/501st inf 101st us army rvn.

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Please don't take offense from my post. I did state that I was not trying to be insensitive about your situation. Just trying to pass information on.  If a veteran is working and files a claim for IU/TDIU even with a doctors' note/letter stating they should quit, VA will still deny the claim until the veteran is actually not working due to his/her service connected disabilities. Since VA rated you at 90% they (VA) should have already considered you for IU/TDIU and included a VA form 21-8940 in your rating decision packet.  Did VA state anything in your Reason and Bases or Explanation for decision about you being unemployable?

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Steve, I agree with Pete on this one as my situation was similar in some respects.  I tried hanging in there until the last with my profession and well I should have stopped when the MDs first stated I should. That was back in 2013, I didn't retire until 2015.  I understand.

Pete is correct with the IU/TDIU statement.  Until you are not working, you will not receive what you are seeking.  My effective date for IU was the day I retired, when it was all said and done, the VA used that date as start of unemployability and rated accordingly. 

The VA should have included the 21-8940.  When I hit 70% that form was included in my decision packet, however, you may not have been given the form with your paperwork. In my claim when I hit 80% & 90%, the form was included.

All situations are unique though.  

Good luck and best wishes.

 

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