After being awarded Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits, veterans receive monthly financial support adjusted for cost-of-living (COLA), may have someone assigned to manage their finances if needed, and don’t have to renew their benefits unless specifically requested.
Additional assistance programs are often available even after TDIU is granted.
Now, let’s delve deeper into what this all means for you as a veteran.
Your TDIU Benefits: The First Steps
Once your TDIU claim is approved, the Veterans Affairs (VA) office will start the process of providing you with monthly compensation.
Your first payment includes any back pay you’re owed from the approval date, deposited directly into your bank account.
From then on, your monthly benefits should arrive consistently, with the amount occasionally adjusting to match the cost-of-living changes.
Managing Your TDIU Benefits
If the VA decides you need help managing your benefits, a fiduciary will be appointed after careful selection and vetting.
This ensures your finances are in trusted hands.
Keep an eye out for the VA’s request for an Employment Verification Form, which keeps your TDIU status in check.
Failure to submit this form can risk your benefits.
If your notice indicates “Permanent and Total” disability, rest assured that you won’t have to renew your benefits or submit this form.
Adjusting to Changes
Should your disability condition worsen, your TDIU benefits won’t change because they are already provided at the maximum rate.
However, if you believe your initial TDIU claim was unjustly denied or you’re entitled to more benefits, appealing is your next step.
Struggling With Your Appeal?
Hill & Ponton is here to support you.
Contact us for a free case evaluation to explore your options and secure the benefits you deserve.
Other Forms of Assistance
With TDIU, you may also be eligible for additional governmental benefits such as Social Security.
It’s worth looking into these supplementary programs to ensure you’re getting all the assistance available to you.
Seeking Further Guidance
Sometimes, navigating the complexity of veterans’ benefits and potential legal hurdles can be overwhelming.
That’s where professional legal advice can make a difference.
Considering a Lawyer?
A lawyer can offer crucial support and clarity in understanding your rights and the intricacies of Veterans Law.
If you’re unsure about your situation, seeking legal advice might be the next best step.
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