TDIU probility after 20yrs of SSDI

CaptainJack

Registered Member
#1
Hello all,
I just found out yesterday that my application for increased disability rating from the VA was approved, back to filing date 3/6/18.
Went from 50% to 80%. I will be appealing to include secondary condition, but the most I can hope for after all is said and done is 90%.
Which brings up TDIU. I have been on SSDI since 1995 and it just rolled over to regular SS when I turned 65 on 3/7/18.
The only work I have been doing is for a non-profit for 20 years now, but had to tender my resignation to this group at the end of February because my
VA disability's have caught up with me. The work I did for them was six months a year at $1000 per month, more a stipend than pay.
My question for anyone who might have dealt with a the TDIU process is will they even consider granting me the IU rating given my work history while on SSDI?
I've got the 21-8940 sitting in front of me and the work history section is the concern.
Thanks for any input,
Jack
 

gsfowler

Staff Member
PEB Forum Veteran
#2
Since you earned less than what is considered SGA while you were on SSDI, TDIU is more than probable. If you do not apply for it, the answer is absolutely a no.
 

CaptainJack

Registered Member
#4
Sorry it took me so long to reply, been out of town.
Yes, I'm going to apply and if necessary, appeal a negative outcome.
We are going to miss 6k a year and I will miss the activity and work, but it has
become too difficult both mentally and physically to continue.
 

chaplaincharlie

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#5
"Generally, SSDI recipients can't start doing "substantial gainful activity" (SGA) and continue to receive disability benefits. In a nutshell, doing SGA means you are working and making more than $1,180 per month in 2018 (or $1,970 if you're blind). There are exceptions to this rule, however. "
 
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