Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU/IU)

Individual Unemployability (IU) is part of the VA’s disability compensation program. This program allows the VA to pay disability compensation to certain Veterans at the 100% rate, even though your service-connected disability may be below that level.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for IU?

If you are a Veteran and you have at least one service connected disability rated at least at 60%, OR two or more service connected disabilities with at least one disability ratable at 40% or more and with a combined rating of 70% or more, you may qualify. The other requirement is that you can prove are unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities.

This benefit may be granted with a lower disability rating under some circumstances. If there is evidence to show that the service-connected disability or disabilities create an unusual disability picture, the requirements can be modified. For example, if your disability requires frequent or ongoing periodic hospitalizations, your ability to hold down a job would not be possible.

If needed, our office will contact experienced medical doctors who work extensively with veteran benefits. They will review your claim and, in many cases, can write an opinion to get the benefits you deserve.


Far too often, I represent veterans who need a medical opinion or supporting statements that are not in the file. Other times, a failure on behalf of the VA needs to be pointed out and addressed. Do not risk losing your case due to substandard representation.

Call me today at 800-861-7262 for a free consultation or fill out the contact box.

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