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.
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%. The 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!