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Applying for TDIU


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Ok I am new here. I applied  for TDIU last month.  I left the service in 2014 and had difficulties in finding and maintaining a job. I was fired from one and I resigned voluntary on the two years which were all federal jobs. I couldn't due to the severity of my disabilities. I am rated 80% by the VA with 50% PTSD. I also filed for supplemental claim increase since my symptoms had gotten worsen for my PTSD. Yes, I am within the 1 year mark for filing the supplemental claim increase. I was diagnosed with Major Depression and General Anxiety Disorder and in November  of  March of 2019. I filed for SSDI in November of 2019 and was awarded SSDI in March of 2020. SSA only used my VA medical records. I am currently on medication for sleep, anxiety and major depression. The SSA found me disabled due to my PTSD (Primary) and (Major depression). I was in the  Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31), but the program was  discontinued last November of 2019 by my VR&E  Counselor . She wrote a letter stating she was discontinuing me from the VR&E program because my disabilities were preventing me for completing the program. I have submitted the SSA award letter as well as the VR&E  Counselor letter to VA. What are my chances of getting TDIU? What else can I do to increase my chances? 

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Veteran100, keep in mind that VA will only compensate for one mental health disorder.  I have seen where VA has combined more than one but VA will only pay for one.  VA could grant your TDIU claim or VA can grant you 100% scheduler for your PTSD.  Please be forwarded that if VA grants you 100% PTSD, VA may also say that you are incompetent to handle your own finances. I am not saying VA will do this But they may try. I have seen VA do this to several veterans.  Your SSA decision and your Voc Rehab letter should help in getting your increase.

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That Voc Rehab Feasibility Letter you have is GOLD. Did you submit that Letter with your TDIU Claim? If so that is very wise. Now another question. Did you file for SSDI? If not or if you did, submit a copy of that VR Feasibility Letter to your case worker at Social Security. That letter is great evidence for SSDI Claim as well.

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On 3/23/2020 at 6:03 PM, Veteran100 said:

What are my chances of getting TDIU? What else can I do to increase my chances? 

I think they are pretty good. But, having said that, I have both and the VA is screwing with me. I have searched BVA decisions and I can’t find a single one that lists TDIU, SSDI and VR&E all in the same decision. 

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