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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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Hey guys! I'm new to the group! I'm 100%P&T plus Special Monthly Compensation S plus SSDI. I failed out of Voc Rehab, but I'm trying again. I really want to work. I know that if I go back to work, there's a chance of losing 100%P&T especially since it's soly based off PTSD/bipolar/adhd. Plus, what if I fail again? However, I figure if I work for the VA they would be able to accomodate me. I'm looking into becoming a nurse. I might make less, but what if I'm happier working? Plus, helping other veterans like me would be pretty rewarding. I don't know though. What do you guys think?

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The bottom line it is your call, you run the risk of losing VA and SSA benefits. Make sure you talk this over with your spouse.  Right now you not only have an income you have Insurance and a way for your dependents to go to college free of charge.  As many have suggested you could do volunteer work or find a hobby to keep your mind busy/active. The thing about giving these benefits up is you never know if you will have to file for these benefits again, or if these benefit will even be around. If the government decides to end these programs they would have to grandfather the current beneficiaries into some new program.  Now these programs most likely won't be eliminated but it will be a lot harder to start over for benefits to be granted. IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), you really need to talk it over with your family. 

IMHO, I don't think it is worth it. You also run the risk of harming yourself, a patient, your employer, another employee and or even your family.

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2 hours ago, Anthony333777 said:

I might make less, but what if I'm happier working?

What if you are not happier? Have you discussed this idea with VR&E? What does your doctor think about your trying this? I think something to do is better for almost everyone. Right now my something to do is fight with the VA. I am spending a few hours almost every day of the week on that. Like Pacmanx1 says you have a lot to talk over and think long and hard about.

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I agree, you should work if you can.  First it will almost always be more money for you to be working, "even if" some percenage is reduced.  

More importantly, its better for your mental health if you can be working and productively so.  Many Veterans work with 100 percent,  Senator McCain is an example.    

Yes, you can work for VA if 100 percent.  

I never suggest collecting government benefits "if" you can actually work instead.  If I could work and earn money, I would already be doing so, even if it meant my benefits were reduced.  

It would depend on circumstances if your benefits were reduced if you went back to work, but you have protections and may be able to do both.  

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Hey guys you need the whole story here. 

I agree if a VET can work they should!  We also know how hard it was to get to where we are with our benefits.  

Like was said before make sure you are willing to risk your benefits of going back to work.  They will look at your disabilities again if you start working.  

 

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