If you are a former service member with service-connected disabilities and are unable to sustain gainful employment, you may require assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs individual unemployability compensation program.
To be eligible for these benefits, you will have to prove more than just a service-connected disability. You’ll also need to prove that your income falls below specific income limits.
This program can provide you with 100% compensation for your disabilities, even if they were otherwise rated below the 100% level. Again, though, you’ll have to prove your income falls below a certain level to get this assistance.
Income Limits for VA Unemployability
The VA individual unemployability income limits are quite low. There are three ways your income can be below the limits set by the VA:
- You are not working and are unable to work at all.
- You work but your income is below the poverty level.
- You work but in a sheltered position that provides accommodations for your service-connected disability.
If your income is below the limits set by the VA in any of the above scenarios, then you may qualify for compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions About VA Income Limits
Will my assets count against my VA unemployability income limits?
No. If you own your house and your car, these won’t be held against you when the VA calculates your income.
Will my job count against me when I apply?
No, as long as you meet the requirements discussed earlier, you are eligible for compensation. However, there is some evidence that veterans who are employed may be denied at a higher rate than those who are not currently working.
If I do odd jobs, will the money I earn disqualify me for benefits?
The VA provides an example of a veteran dog-sitting for a neighbor as an odd job that will not count as income. Jobs under the marginal level are usually within the individual unemployability income limits.
Will the help I get from others count as income?
Many veterans who have service-connected disabilities have to rely on the assistance of family and friends. Help with utilities, rent, or other financial assistance from friends or family members will not be counted as income.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Can Help You Get the Income Benefits You Need
For many former service members, receiving compensation through the VA unemployability program is vital. Unfortunately, applying for this compensation can be complicated. If you need to apply for VA individual unemployability benefits, contact the experienced VA disability attorneys at George Sink, P.A.
As a disabled veteran Marine, George Sink has the experience and intricate knowledge of the VA’s rules necessary to help you get the benefits that you need. George Sink and his team are ready to help you fight through the VA bureaucracy and secure all of the benefits that you deserve.