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Vocational rehab letter came today!



Finally got my vocational rehab letter today and I think it’s what I need to take to social security for SSDI right?



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4 hours ago, silverdollar22 said:

what I need to take to social security for SSDI right?

Not necessarily. They are two different programs. You should go ahead and apply for SSDI. You will have to go through the SSA's own examination process for them to determine if you are disabled according to their rules. Please let us know if your letter helps in any way. 

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It should not hurt, but the fact you are already 100 percent should suffice.  Social security disability is less restrictive than VA tdiu, because tdiu has to be service connected, while SSD that does not matter.  

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Shouldn’t the letter kind of be, like icing on the cake to show another agency’s opinion on my condition?

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Most Vets think their case is "strong", and most of them are correct!   However, "the other side's" job (the attorney's who represent VA) is to think up a way to deny the Vet.  

I suggest you review your cfile, and, maybe even show it to an attorney to see if he can find anything wrong with your case.  

As experienced as I am with Veterans law (as a layperson, and non attorney), I never cease to be amazed that, most of the time, when a Vet wins his case with an attorney, the attorney presents an arguement the Vet never considered.  

Such was my case.  I did not beleive that I needed a Voc Rehab IMO to document TDIU.  My doc said I was unemployable due to SC condtions, so I thought it was unnecessary.  I proposed numerous entitlement theories, all of which my lawyer rejected in favor of getting an IMO from a voc rehab specialist.  

It worked and I was awarded TDIU.  I would "never" have gone for an IMO (voc rehab) on my own.  But my lawyer knew that the BVA could deny TDIU based on maybe I could do some other type of work, other than what my doctor's expertise showed.  However, the Voc rehab IMO showed that I could not do any type of gainful employment.  

You see, I was "too emotionally involved" in my own case, so I could not make a great judgement call.  The attorney offered to up front the (IMO fee) because she was convinced that was the winner winner chicken dinner.  

Often the "winner" is there, but the Vet can not see it clearly because he is emotionally tied to the outcome of his own case.  This is why even attorney's hire an attorney.  Someone once said that an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client and an attorney.  Given my experiences, this makes sense.  

This is why I often suggest you consult with an attorney:  The reason is it works.  Veterans who are represented by an attorney only lose 10 percent of the time..while that percent is much much higher when the Vet is self represented or has a VSO.  That is, you have a much better chance of winning if you hire an attorney.  

Source:  BVA chairmans report.  

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