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What Is VA TDIU Approval Rate and What To Do When You Get Denied

Last updated: May 8, 2023

You dedicated your life to serving the country as a veteran. A disabled ailment or injury may now put your future in jeopardy. What this means is that you may not be able to work post-service in case you have been severely injured.

Veterans who are unable to work due to service-related disabilities can receive Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many veterans go down this route in order to gain social security benefits to help them get by. Before we can determine the VA TDIU approval rate, let's discuss the Total Disability Individual Unemployment. 

What Is TDIU?

Your disability rating will be determined by the VA. The amount of compensation you receive is determined by your rating. For example, a VA knee pain rating depends on many different factors such as the extension of the knee, instability of the knee, etc. Unfortunately, they may not identify your impairment as a permanent condition, and the Department of Veteran Affairs may try to lessen your rating in the future.

Some veterans may be eligible for a TDIU to get around this. This is a classification for veterans who are unable to work as a result of a service-connected disability.

If you get a TDIU rating, you'll get the maximum amount of benefits or a 100% disability rating. Veterans must complete the following requirements in order to get a TDIU:

  • One of the service-connected impairments is listed below:
    • An impairment of 60% or more is considered severe.
    • Two or more disabilities, one of which is scored at least 40%, and the overall disability is rated at 70% or higher.
  • Due to a service-connected injury, you are unable to maintain a consistent job.
  • Dishonorable discharge

What Is The VA TDIU Approval Rate?

Many veterans considering applying for TDIU want to know how difficult it is to have their claim granted by the VA. Given that each TDIU case is unique, we urge that you consult with an expert to go through the specifics of your situation. 

You will learn close to nothing about your specific case from looking at the current VA TDIU approval rate if such a thing exists. You should consult with an expert if you have questions or concerns concerning your claim for VA disability compensation.

What To Do If Your TDIU Claim Is Denied?

It is not uncommon for the VA to deny a TDIU claim unreasonably. As a result, even if you have received a claim denial, there are options for appealing the decision and obtaining the benefits you deserve.

  • Requiring 100% Unemployability: It is possible that the VA will incorrectly dismiss your TDIU claim if you are successful in finding any type of work. To be eligible for benefits, you merely need to be unable to find "substantially gainful" work for a period of time. You can still earn money and file TDIU claims as long as your salary is less than the poverty level, which is now $1,200.
  • Age Factors to Consider: Age and non-service-connected disabilities are not meant to be taken into consideration by the VA. 
  • Education and occupation are not taken into consideration: Vocational specialists are not necessarily trained to evaluate veterans' claims. As a result, they may base their employability assessment on medical norms alone, without taking into account education or previous work experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the VA TDIU approval rate?

The VA TDIU (Total Disability Individual Unemployability) approval rate refers to the percentage of veterans who are granted TDIU benefits after applying for them through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Approval rates may vary year-to-year and can be influenced by various factors, such as the applicant's medical documentation, service-connected disability ratings, and the VA's adjudication process.

What should I do if my TDIU claim is denied?

If your TDIU claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Begin by reviewing the denial letter to understand the reasons for the denial. You can then file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) within one year of the denial letter's date. The appeals process may involve multiple stages, including a Supplemental Claim, Higher-Level Review, or Board Appeal. Consulting with a VA-accredited representative or attorney can be beneficial in navigating the appeals process.

How can I improve my chances of a successful TDIU claim?

To improve your chances of a successful TDIU claim, ensure that your application is complete, accurate, and includes all necessary medical documentation. Provide evidence demonstrating how your service-connected disabilities prevent you from maintaining substantially gainful employment. You may also want to obtain statements from medical professionals, employers, or coworkers supporting your claim. In some cases, seeking assistance from a VA-accredited representative or attorney can help you navigate the claims process more effectively.


You are likely to run into many complications while filing for a TDIU. If you're looking for more of Disability Help’s resources on VA disability benefits, check out this one on knowing how to file for VA disability compensation

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