If you served in the military and your service-connected health issues make it hard for you to keep a job, TDIU benefits might be right for you.
TDIU stands for Total Disability Individual Unemployability.
This helps you get paid at the highest VA rate, even if your disability rating is less than 100%.
Simple Steps to Apply for TDIU
1. Fill Out the Right Forms First things first: get the forms you need. Start with the VA Form 21-526EZ. Then, grab the VA Form 21-8940—it’s the key form for TDIU.
2. Where to Find the Forms You can find these forms on the VA’s website. They’re easy to spot and ready to download.
3. How to Turn Them In You’ve got options! You can:
- Submit them online—fast and simple.
- Mail them—old school but still good.
- Visit your local VA office—they can guide you through it.
The VA Address for mailing your claim application is:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
4. The Waiting Game After you send in your forms, expect to wait a bit. The VA usually takes several months to decide.
Don’t Forget Your Evidence
To apply, you need to show:
- A work history for the last five years.
- Medical records that prove your service-related health problems.
- Remember: only include conditions linked to your service.
No Rush, But Don’t Drag Your Feet!
You’re not on the clock to apply for TDIU, but don’t wait too long.
The sooner you apply, the faster you can get help.
Curious about the timeline to get TDIU Benefits?
Check out our post for more information.
Why a Lawyer Can Be Your Best Friend
Having a lawyer by your side can be a big plus.
They know the ropes and can help make your application as strong as possible.
Remember, applying for TDIU can be a big step toward the support you deserve.
With the right forms, evidence, and maybe a little legal help, you can get through the process and onto a better path.
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