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Evidence gathering stage of TDIU claim


Rivet62

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I want to be very sure that I understand the span of employment history that VA is seeking for my TDIU claim.

Some say, just provide the last 5 years from the date of the TDIU request/claim and backward from that date. Others say that VA wants the last 5 years of working history, the history of work prior to the recent 3 years of unemployment (3 years of unemployment, and the 5 years of working history prior to the 3 years of unemployment.

What's right? The date that VA acknowledged receipt of my TDIU form is January 26, 2022.

I went on eBenefits and it shows this:

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rivet62 said:

I want to be very sure that I understand the span of employment history that VA is seeking for my TDIU claim.

Block #18 of VA FORM 21-8940 STATES:

18. LIST ALL YOUR EMPLOYMENT INCLUDING SELF-EMPLOYMENT FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS YOU WORKED.

VA Form 21-8940

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20 minutes ago, pacmanx1 said:

Block #18 of VA FORM 21-8940 STATES:

18. LIST ALL YOUR EMPLOYMENT INCLUDING SELF-EMPLOYMENT FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS YOU WORKED.

VA Form 21-8940

Thanks. Brain fog and pain causes problems.  It causes uncertainty in how I perceive things, like... am I reading things right, sort of thing.  I'm not sure if the pain comes first and then the fog, or the fog then the pain. But thanks for your help.  Truly.

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If its any consolation, Rivet62, for me it can be both, add in a little paranoia and distrust, it can make things interesting that is for certain. I think you are covering all your bases from what you posted.

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4 hours ago, ArNG11 said:

If its any consolation, Rivet62, for me it can be both, add in a little paranoia and distrust, it can make things interesting that is for certain. I think you are covering all your bases from what you posted.

Be forewarned, try your best to give them what they ask for and no more. IMHO, I have seen veterans give too much information that the VARO used against them. Example: The veteran is in therapy and discuss his/her hard childhood. When a veteran enlists, he/she has been found fit for duty and the veteran's childhood should not be in his/her rating unless it was aggravated by his/her service otherwise the VARO could deny the claim as pre-existing. 

 

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4 hours ago, ArNG11 said:

If its any consolation, Rivet62, for me it can be both, add in a little paranoia and distrust, it can make things interesting that is for certain. I think you are covering all your bases from what you posted.

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Have you applied for SSDI?  If you get SSDI then TDIU is not that hard and you can prove that you are disabled and unemployed and unemployable.  I got SSDI a year before I got TDIU.  I think getting TDIU is getting harder than it was for me back in the day.  Too many vets are getting it and the VA DON'T' LIKE THAT.

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