Unable To Work Due To Military Service?

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Veterans who feel that their service-connected disabilities leave them “totally disabled” and/or prevent them from working can seek the Individual Unemployability benefit. Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU) is granted to veterans who are considered to be totally disabled due to their service-connected conditions, yet who may not have a full 100% rating.


Veterans who are seeking TDIU must meet a few requirements:

  •  You must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities (marginal employment is not considered substantial gainful employment).
  •  You must have at least one service connected disability rated at least at 60%,


  • You must have two or more service connected disabilities where at least one disability is rated at 40% or more, and there is a combined rating of 70% or more.

However, even if you don’t have disabilities rated this high, you may still obtain TDIU if your service connected disabilities prevent you from working. Veterans who are seeking TDIU should be aware that the benefit can only be granted based on service-connected disabilities.  Age, non-service connected disabilities, and residuals of non-service connected disabilities cannot be considered when determining whether a veteran should be granted TDIU.

Unemployed Due to Service-Connected Disability?

Our SC Veterans’ Advocates team is made up of attorneys who have served themselves, and so understand the unique pressures and possible injuries sustained during your time in the military. If you are unable to work as a result of a service-connected disability, it’s important that you ensure your rights as a veteran are protected. Reach us by phone at (803) 779-7599 or contact us online to request your FREE consultation today.

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