What is IU?

Individual Unemployability is a part of VA’s disability compensation program that allows VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though VA has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the total level. To get IU, you must have at least one service connected disability rated at least at 60%, OR two or more service connected disabilities at least one disability ratable at 40 percent or more with a combined rating of 70 percent or more. You also must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities (marginal employment, such as odd jobs, is not considered substantial gainful employment for VA purposes).

The best way to prevail in a claim for IU is to adequately develop strong medical evidence demonstrating why you are unable to secure gainful employment. This means that you need to address both the physical and mental limitations that impact on your ability to work. To discuss how you can win IU contact the Vet Defender. To schedule an appointment click the link: Schedule an Appointment.