You may have heard the common VA myth that working with a 100% VA disability rating is not allowed. Well, that is not correct and you can work if your VA rating is 100! In fact, having a 100 VA rating and working is more common than you might think!
There are a lot of different reasons why Veterans receive a 100% VA rating, and there are a lot of different opportunities where Veterans find themselves working with 100 VA rating.
The bottom line here is that the only work restrictions come with a rating of Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
TDIU provides full compensation at the 100% level for Veterans who can’t work due to their disability.
In short, the only Veterans who can’t work due to their VA rating are the Veterans who couldn’t work before they received the TDIU VA rating.
You can receive a TDIU rating even if your disability is rated less than 100% by the VA.
The first myths addressed here relate to how mental health affects responsibilities, and then we discuss working with 100% VA disability rating or whatever your rating may be.
What does “100% Scheduler” Mean?
The title 100% Scheduler means that you are 100% disabled. When you have this title, you can be re-evaluated every 4 to 5 years at the VA’s request. You can work as much as you would like.
However, the VA can reduce your disability percentage if they feel you are doing better from a review of your medical records and treatment. If you have not continued your prescribed treatment or stopped taking your medications, then it could trigger the VA to investigate why you are not following your treatment. The VA might think, “You must be getting better, right?” In this type of situation, your disability rating may very well be reduced significantly.
What does 100% Permanent and Total (P & T) Mean?
100% Permanent and Total means that you are 100%, permanently disabled, and most likely are never going to be re-evaluated. You are still able to work as much as you want and can. This is where confusion can occur.
The thought of 100% Permanent and Total makes a person think that they will not be able to work. This is not correct. You can work, start a business, or follow whichever path life takes you on. The way the VA deems a disability “permanent” is when, based on medical evidence, the provider is confident that the level of impairment will continue for the rest of the veteran’s life.
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