VA Benefit Rates
What are the benefit rates for service connected compensation?
For a single veteran with no dependents in 2013 the rates are:
Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) is a benefit that pays 100% under cirtain circumstances if the veteran’s service connected injuries do not equal 100% but the veteran is unable to work due to one or more service-connected disabilities.
A veteran is entitled to a 100% disability rating if he can establish that his service-connected disability[ies] preclude him from obtaining gainful employment and the veteran has a single service-connected disability rating of 60%, or a combined service-connected disability rating of 70% with one impairment at a rating of atleast 40%.
Veterans are often denied TDIU claims because the VA believes that the veteran is capable of “sedentary work.” Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.
Social Security Disability Awards
It is common for disabled veterans to be awarded Social Security Disability benefits before receiving their entitled VA benefits. To prove TDIU claims, social security awards can be very helpful if the social security award covers the same disability[ies] involved in the TDIU claim.