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Individual Unemployability Benefit for Service Connected Disability

Individual Unemployability is a part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation program that allows the VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though the Veteran has less than a combined 100% service connected disability rating.

Veterans must 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 with a combined rating of 70% or more. 

Veterans 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).

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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