Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Eric J. Hesse, Director
Individual Unemployability Benefit for Service Connected Disability
Individual Unemployability is a part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation program that allows the VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though the Veteran has less than a combined 100% service connected disability rating.
Veterans must have at least one service connected disability rated at least at 60%, or two or more service connected disabilities with at least one disability ratable at 40% or more with a combined rating of 70% or more.
Veterans must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities (marginal employment, such as odd jobs, is not considered substantial gainful employment for VA purposes).
Need more help?
For assistance, schedule an appointment with a New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (NYS DVA) State Veterans Counselor.
Call the DVA Help Line at 1.888.838.7697, or contact the DVA by email.
For more information on the IU benefit, including eligibility and how to apply, visit the VA website at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-special-individual_unemployability.asp