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I was terminated from my job because of my service connected. I failed the fitness for duty test. I am currently rated at 70% for bipolar. 

I sent the VA my termination letter as well as the copy of the failed fitness for duty report. I made 41k a year. This all happened very quickly. The report clearly states i am a danger to myself and others. I can't work with others. I will be on medication for the rest of my life. As well as therapy.

What are the chances of being approved for tdiu?  I am really worried. 

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You should be able to get tdiu "if" a doctor opined that you are unable to work due to SC conditions.  Read your file to find out if your doc said that.    Without reading your file and know whether or not a doc said that, we dont know what your chances are.  You can read it tho, and you tell us if/when it said that.  

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I was also terminated from my job for service connected disabilities.  You should request TDIU and pursue this case through to the end.  Sometimes the VA does not like giving TDIU and will come up with all kinds of ways to deny you.  Just keep plugging and do not get discouraged.  You need to fight until they do what is right.  Do not worry though, just know you need to do what needs to be done.  If you were working outside of the military for a long enough length of time to be eligible for SSA I would apply for SSA too.  Otherwise I would apply for SSDI.  

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Get into VA Voc-Rehab,,, they can test you evaluate you and see if there is any type job out there for you?

...with have being diagnose for 70% BI-POLAR PTSD I would think that it will be hard for them to fit you or train you for anything  you can do that don't require you to be around people, if they can't find you anything you can do, Normally the Voc -Rehab counselors with write you a letter stating that it is not feasible to retrain this Veteran at this time DUE TO HIS SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY AT 70% BI-POLAR PTSD


That letter is Gold FOR QUALIFYING for TDIU.

but with that said the best concrete evidence you can submit needs to come from a Qualified Dr that has read your medical records and examine you & stating that you can't do any type of work due to your S.C. Disability.

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I submitted my termination letter and my failed fitness for duty exam that stated clearly I am a danger to myself and others because of my bipolar in the work setting. Also i provided a statement from discussing the fact i am not allowed anywhere near that job. Along with a document showing my fmla leave dates.

I hope all that helps get me tdiu. I am currently unemployed but prior to all this i worked a state job for 5 years before the stress of it all caused a full blown mania espisode.


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The evidence you indicated is insufficient.  You are going to need a doctor to state that you are unable to maintain SGE (Substantial Gainful Employment) due to Service connected conditions.  If you have this, then you are good to go.  

You may also need voc rehab letter, as buck so stated.  

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Good catch broncovet.  You need a nexus to link your service connected disability to losing your job.  They have to say it is at least likely as not that your service connected disability is the reason you lost your job and cannot work.  I had a doctor's letter and it did not have this information in it and it took many years to get TDIU, that was before I knew of this site.  As buck52 stated to you a voc rehab letter is also a very strong bit of evidence in your favor.  I also did not have this.  


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If you apply for and are awarded SSDI ( Social Security Disability insurance)

solely for the SC Bi polar ( I stress that word "solely" no other NSC considered in the award as part of their award),

that means an independent medical review was done for the SSDI claim.You sure might not need any IMO/IME doctor.

On the 21-8940 TDIU form make sure you make it clear ( it might be question 18- I forget- that you receive ( or are going to apply for SSDI)

Make sure if you do get SSDI that you fill out an authorization form so VA can obtain those records.

My husband was awarded SSDI for a 1151 stroke but I found a legal error SSA made and we requested a reconsideration and won it, solely for SSDI for SC PTSD, with a better EED.

The VA had his SSDI authorization form but told( in documented VA letters to  my 2 state Senators and my Congressman, that the SSA refused to release his records. It was a lie.VA had never requested those records.

His 30% SC PTSD could have been awarded at 100% in his lifetime, but he died , and only when I called SSA in Baltimore I learned the VA had lied about the records.

I went over to the VAMC and luckily his MH doctor was in his office- I showed the VA psychologist the SSDI award letter and also the denial whereby VA had not used evidence his  extensive MH records  regarding my husband.

The shrink wrote a letter to the VA enclosing copies of his major assessments, and test results that separated my husband's 100% 1151 stroke residuals from his PTSD and told them he had a copy of the SSDI award letter enclosed, (which VA already had by then for over 2 years.) and sent me a copy of his letter.

In a few months the award came, 100% P & T for PTSD (with a very favorable EED.) to me as an accrued benefit because he was dead by then for almost 3 years.

Voc Rehab too is good evidence as others stated, but Vc Rehab must make it clear that Voc Rehab is not feasible solely due to your SC Bi Polar .

Your termination letter is good evidence too.

I am making some personal points here, because, even with strong evidence, the VA , can and will 

bugger up even the most valid claim.

I do feel you should be cautiously optimistic about your chances.

You stated:

"I was terminated from my job because of my service connected"

My husband was discriminated by the electric company on a recall from a layoff.

Under the Handicap laws that protect disabled veterans, he should have been recalled first, but they recalled a non vet first.

The day after the EEOC ADA ( Americans With Disabilities Act )became law- 1993?

I prepared and filed an ADA complaint with evidence.A few months later the ADA lawyer called him but he was in Day treatment at VA as he had suffered an 1151 stroke.The lawyer asked who had prepared the case and when I said I did he asked if I was a lawyer- which I am not and then said well tell your husband when he gets home that he has won the first ADA discrimination case in NY.

The company had to settle with him for lost wages due to their proven discrimination.

Although he had a violent temper, from SC PTSD, 30 % in his lifetime, his personnel file from the company indicated no work problems at all ,due to his PTSD,and that his work had been satisfactory.  








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