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How Much Does The VA Pay For Individual Unemployability?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | February 20, 2023 | Firm News

Individual Unemployability (IU) is a benefit offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to veterans who are unable to work due to a service-connected disability. This benefit pays a veteran at the 100% payment rate even though their combined rating is less than 100%, in recognition that their service-connected disabilities make them unemployable. In this blog, we will discuss how much the VA pays for Individual Unemployability.

Compensation Rates

As of 2023, the compensation rate for Individual Unemployability is $3,621.95 per month for veterans with no dependents.

If a veteran has dependents, the compensation rate for Individual Unemployability is adjusted based on the number of dependents. For example, a veteran that is granted entitlement to TDIU who has a spouse and one child would receive $3,971.78 per month.


The only qualification to be eligible for individual unemployability is that the veteran have a service-connected disability that makes them unemployable.

The VA likes to pretend that a veteran must meet certain rating requirements to be eligible for individual unemployability, but that is not true. Even if a veteran does not meet the rating requirements, they can still receive individual unemployability on an extraschedular basis. For example, I have helped veteran’s win individual unemployability where they only have a single disability rated at 10%.┬áThe bottom line is that if you can’t work due to your service-connected disabilities, then you should be applying for individual unemployability.

If you are disabled and no longer able to work, the news that you may be approved for a VA benefit can be both a relief and a burden. Call Greg at (800) 955-8596 for a free case evaluation!