Facts about IU
We often refer to Individual Unemployability as IU. The Individual
Unemployability Benefit is equal in every way to a 100% Schedular
rating. The compensation is 100% and that dollar amount is equal to both
ratings. If the veteran is rated as 100% Schedular, he or she may work
at any job they are capable of doing. The veteran who is rated as IU may
not hold "gainful employment".
The IU veteran is required to complete a yearly VA Form 21-4140 to
verify that there has been no employment in the previous year. Each
Regional Office seems to have its own way of delivering these forms, all
too often they don't deliver them at all. It is the veterans
responsibility to ensure that the 4140 is completed and mailed in on or
about the anniversary of the award each year.
The veteran should simply download the form by clicking here, printing
it and mailing it in using certified mail, return receipt requested.
Either the 100% Schedular rating or the 100% IU rating may be rated as
Permanent and Total (P&T). Either rating may be a temporary one with
future examinations scheduled.