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Disability benefit mistakes that the VA can make

| Apr 7, 2021 | Va Disability |

The two most common mistakes that the VA makes when it comes to reducing benefits are as follows: The VA incorrectly assumes the age of the veteran, or they wrongfully consider the employment of the veteran. Ideally, all veterans should be compensated 100% in Killeen, Texas. Read further to learn more about these common VA mistakes.

Placing emphasis on the veteran’s age

The VA cannot consider a veteran’s age when making a decision on a claim for TDIU, or total disability based on individual unemployment. Regardless of when the veteran has retired, the more important question that the VA disability group must answer is whether conditions related to their time in service prevent them from maintaining employment. If a veteran is older, the VA may deny benefits, stating that the reason the veteran can no longer work is because of their age instead of their conditions from when they were in the service.

Denying based on employment/working

The second most common reason for which veterans are denied benefits is that the VA claims that the veteran is working. In this case, the VA is failing to consider two common scenarios wherein veterans can still work. These two work scenarios include certain protected work environments and low incomes. It turns out that veterans can work, so long as their income does not surpass the federal poverty guidelines for a single individual. The only exception to this is if the veteran is working in certain protected work environments. These environments are considered protected if the employer makes accommodations for the veteran without lowering the amount of income earned.

There are several other ways in which the VA can lower or deny benefits, however, these two mistakes appear to be more common ones you need to watch out for.