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When you put in a claim for IU, your employers are sent forms to fill out. If they don't fill them out, is there a time limit they are given for filling out forms? If so, how long is that and what happens if they don't fill them out?



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Your right they do get forms. I sat on the HR person when I lost my job. Then FedEx them to VA. It made a major impact. I had email telling me why I was let go, the form just put the same info a form.

Try to get it done.

With the form I had no exam. Just approved in 6 weeks of IU.

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Generally, former employers are sent the VA form 21-4192 and given 60 days to reply. If the former employer doesn't reply with the first 60 days, VA will send them a second request for the information and give them, I believe, another 30 days to respond. If the former employer doesn't respond to the second request, the VA will continue with claim without the form.

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If you are approved for SSDI that should establish that you are at least unemployed and unemployable and a date. It won't establish you are service connected for the IU unless the SSDI is approved for the SC condition. The VA can also use admission to a VAMC as a date for increase of benefits including IU. They did that for me. My IU was made retroactive to my admission to the Tampa VAMC in August 2001 even though I did not file for IU until February of 2002. The VAMC gave me a GAF of 50 amd VA used that to award my IU on appeal. They would never have done it had I not appealed the effective date. A disability retirement from work would also be good to establish a date for IU. I got disability retirement from the Post Office so I had a specific date and VA requested proof of my last day at work.

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I also sent a copy of my earnings for years from Social Security. We get those periodically, but if you didn`t save it you can request it online. It definately proves exactly how much you`ve worked your whole life.


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