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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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Hi all

i now have a 90% disability rating with 100% T&D due to back pain (40%)  depression (50%) and neuropathy in both legs (20% each leg)  and bladder (20%). 

Things have gotten much worse with leg strength (neuropathy) and depression for me. My question is would it be worth the effort to apply for increase rating to 100% or just leave things as is. I am 63 and on full Social Security disability. 

From everything I’ve read I’m not a candidate for another review from VA because of age and no chance to improve conditions. Thank you for your help. 

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Maybe this will help you decide:

90 percent comp for a married Vet is 1986 per month. 

An additional 10 percent, to 100 percent and it goes up to 3057 per month, almost $1100 per month more.  

Oh, I forgot.  100 percent P and T gets you additional benefits also, usually from your state.  Things like reduced or eliminated property taxes, free hunting and fishing license, etc.etc, depinding on your state.  

If the additional 1100 per month, plus property tax relief think about your spouse becoming eligible for DIC which is about another 1400 per month or so.  

Bottom line:  Get all the benefits you deserve:  Apply for an increase if warranted.  

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Broncovet, so are you saying wife can not get doc if vet is not at 100%?

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Mis spell. iPad has mind its own

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Not just 100% but more specifically Permanent and total not just scheduler to be eligible for ChampVa

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No, a wife can get DIC if the Veteran dies of any service connected condition.  However, after the Veteran has been P and T 100 percent for 10 years, the wife gets DIC if the Veteran dies from any cause.  And that is a big deal, since most of us dont die from mental health issues, knee problems, etc. etc.  More on DIC criteria here:

https://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/dependency_and_indemnity_compensation.htm

https://benefits.va.gov/compensation/types-dependency_and_indemnity.asp

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Good advice all around.  No one has came out and said but in my humble opinion, You should try for an increase.

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