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Is the VA planning to discontinue Individual unemployability for Veterans over 65?



A1:  It's not the VA that would do it. They don't have the authority. But congress and the last I knew of it died in committee and not being discussed. Remember we do have a new president coming in that promised to take care of us. I guess we'll see. (RE)  12/1/16

A2:  Common sense tells me they are not. It was awarded under the law. They can't make a new law retroactive. Also, this would put a severe strain on claims adjusters due to the influx of new claims and the extreme hardship put on veterans living slightly within their income. They have the option to work after 65 but if they can't because of service related disabilities it would also be a hardship. I think the problems this would cause would be more than the VA is able to deal with.  (TS)  12/1/16

A3:  It has been bantered around of stopping IU at age 65. However, no action has been accomplished as of yet. If the VA or Congress decide to do away with IU at age 65, those already receiving IU will continue under the old program (Grandfathered). Whatever date the VA chooses to implement changes in IU will only concern veterans who have never applied for IU.  (PW)  12/1/16

A4: Not likely as over 75% of all receiving 100% I/U VA compensation are those whom fit in that category.  There is a yearly requirement to continue receiving 100% TDIU and after 20 years of receiving it, the disability rating automatically goes permanent at 100% which is protected from ever being lowered.  (CW)  12/1/16

A5:  My husband is 70 and received it I doubt if they will do anything about this.  (MJ)  12/2/16

A6:  I am 100% unemployable. When I turned 66 I just kicked over to straight SS. My benefits did not change. 100% unemployable means you are 100% disabled and will be paid accordingly.  (DK)  12/2/16

A7: In June, the Government Accountability Office?s IU Report identified several options to revise IU eligibility requirements. Included among these options was suspending IU payments to veterans who have passed Social Security?s full retirement age (between 65 to 67, depending on the beneficiaries? birth year).

DAV strongly opposes any legislation or recommendation that would restrict entitlement to IU on the basis of age, and opposes the offset or reduction of IU benefits to a disabled veteran simply because they are in receipt of separate benefits under any other federal program.

Age is not a determining factor in IU, nor should it be, said Assistant National Legislative Director Paul Varela during testimony. While compensation is an age-neutral benefit, common sense suggests that age should be a factor in determining whether vocational rehabilitation is feasible, for reason that the effects of age diminish human faculties.  (AP)  12/3/16

A8: This is a complicated question that is fraught with political implications. Currently the law says that you are considered as 100% disabled at 65 for medical benefits, not for IU.

The other issue is that the VA/OMB has discussions all the time on cutting programs and one of those discussions has always been ceasing payment of the 100% rate when a veteran attains the age of 65.  (CP)  12/19/16 


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