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What is the Individual Unemployability benefit?

Published 05/08/2006 03:15 PM   |    Updated 03/08/2012 10:53 AM
What is the Individual Unemployability benefit?
The Individual Unemployability (IU) benefit is payable when a veteran cannot secure or retain employment as a result of his/her service-connected disabilities.

If you are unable to maintain employment as a result of your service-connected disabilities, complete VA Form 21-8940, Veteran's Application for Increased Compensation Based on Unemployability and submit current medical evidence on the extent your service-connected disabilities. The form may be found at: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-8940-ARE.pdf . The evidence should reflect your condition within the past 12 months and include any hospital reports and outpatient treatment records. If you do not have the evidence, be sure to provide information telling VA where the evidence can be obtained.