New Verification Process for Veterans Receiving Individual Unemployability Benefits
When applying for and receiving VA disability benefits, the VA will send different correspondence that pertains to your claim and/or appeals. We understand that you may receive numerous correspondence from the VA, and to be honest, it can be quite confusing. In this post, we hope to help you understand one of the VA’s new processes. If you have been receiving individual unemployability benefits from the VA, you will receive or you may have already received a letter from the VA regarding how the VA will now verify your employment status.
When it comes to eligibility for individual unemployability benefits, employment status is always considered to determine if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements for this benefit. Early this year, the VA put in place a new process that updates the employment verification process by eliminating the unnecessary burden for the veteran to respond to the VA’s request for current employment information.
What’s the new verification process?
The VA will now use data from the Social Security Administration wage match to identify veterans in receipt of individual unemployability benefits who have also earned wages above the poverty threshold. The VA will use the information from the previous year from the U.S. Census Bureau to determine the current poverty threshold. If a veteran who is in receipt of individual unemployability benefits has been identified as receiving wages over the poverty threshold, the VA will then send a VA Form 21-4140, Employment Questionnaire, for the veteran to complete and return to the VA – much like the old process of verifying employment status.
What was the old process for IU verification?
With the old process, the VA would send a veteran a VA Form 21-4140, Employment Questionnaire, every year requesting the veteran to report their employment status in order to determine continued eligibility to individual unemployability benefits. If a veteran failed to respond to the VA’s request within 30 days, the VA would then propose to discontinue that veteran’s individual unemployability benefits.
The VA is continually looking for ways to make the process of obtaining VA disability benefits as simple as possible. This new process helps lift one weight off of your shoulder by not holding you responsible to complete yet another form to verify if you continually meet eligibility for unemployability benefits. On the other hand, if you are still fighting for your unemployability benefits, come talk to us!