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14 Comments

  1. Janice Bortner

    Chris,

    You commented: For purposes of this section, marginal employment generally shall be deemed to exist when a veteran’s earned annual income does not exceed the amount established by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, as the poverty threshold for one person.

    However, further down you state: So, this is the first way that you can earn an income – and continue to receive a 100% TDIU rating – without breaking the VA unemployability income limits: ensure that whatever income you make stays below the poverty thresholds for your family size.

    I have a family size of 2. Does it go by one person/the veteran as you first state? So $12,490 @ the 2019 rate? Or would it go by 2 person family $16,910 @ the 2019 rate?

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    • Chris Attig

      Generally speaking, the poverty threshold for your family size controls.

      Chris

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  2. Kimberlie Goodwin

    Chris,

    I have some questions regarding the VA as an employer and service connected disabilities, do you think you can help or know someone who can?

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    • Chris Attig

      Eric Pines at PinesFederal.com is an attorney that represents Federal Employees….he may be able to answer your questions.

      Tell him Chris Attig sent you.

      Chris

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      • Stephen

        Very informative. Clear and cogent – and helpful. Thanks for posting this.

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        • Chris Attig

          Thanks for the feedback! Glad you found it helpful.

          Chris

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  3. Bill

    Chris,
    I have been struggling with this question for 10 years (since I have been on IU). The most I have ever earned in one year is about $2800. I have a real estate license and have sold homes of family members or neighbors. Many realtors are reluctant to hire me because I tell them I am restricted as to how much I can earn. My daily activities have been to come into the real estate office once or twice a week, occasionally show a property. mostly though I have conducted my activities (computer work, advertising, phone calls, etc.) in my small home office.
    Would working in this situation present a problem if I was to exceed the poverty threshold? What about being an insurance agent (for which I have been licensed for over 30 years though I have earned very little)?

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    • Chris Attig

      Bill,

      I can’t and won’t give legal advice on a particular situation on a blog – I think you ought to talk to an attorney about your situation, though. Email me at support@veteranslawblog.org and I’ll get you some names.

      Chris

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  4. james ketrow

    I just attempted to subscribe (annual) and could not, so I attempted to buy some more books for my upcoming BVA hearing, and your site kept advising me that either my email is incorrect, or my password…….

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    • Chris Attig

      James,

      Please check your email. The solution is there.

      Chris

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  5. persx2

    Dear Chris – You seem to have this affinity to hit my VA problem hot buttons.

    I have the ‘Sheltered Employment’ problem – in that I own the business. (Valid Fed EIN & DUNS #)

    Can one turn down a previously submitted NOD TDIU request, that hasn’t yet been decided by my DRO?

    i.e.: (Now @ 70% w/NOD for 2 other major issues awaiting the DRO’s final on those two – and the DRO’s subsequent TDIU package, sent back to me for my submission now awaits my completion. )

    Do I need, or how might I be able to get a consult?

    Best Regards
    Rich

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    • Chris Attig

      Rich,

      Glad that the VeteransLawBlog.org is helping you!

      I don’t know that I really understand your question, but I would like to. Would you email me at support@veteranslawblog.org so I can ask some questions to understand what part of the VA process you are trying to better understand.

      Chris

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  6. Ralph Golden

    I hope to get some good info from you

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    • Chris Attig

      Ralph,

      Thanks for posting! I think you will find that the info on the Veterans Law Blog is more in-depth, more practical, and just all-around “more” than any other blog about Veterans Benefits.

      And if it is not, then I hope to hear from you, so that I can make it better!

      Chris

      Reply

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