Posted on Jul 6, 2017
PFC Kyle Corcoran
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I am an OEF veteran that was awarded disability compensation for PTSD and a combat related seizure disorder. I have not been working but I have been using my Post 9/11 GI Bill to receive a degree. I am close to graduating and I am ready to start working on my career. Before I get a job, what are my next steps? I know I am supposed to report additional income to the VA. Then what happens? Thanks!
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SGT Christopher Hayden
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I am pretty sure that as long as you aren't getting the Total and Permanent you can work regardless of your rating? I'm probably wrong about that, but I'd check into those. The VA Disability is a lot different than SSI.
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SGT Dave Tracy
SGT Dave Tracy
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I don't pretend to know the ins and outs, but I remember one of the people conducting one of those required TAP classes I had to take prior to getting out was 100% rated and still able to work. Could simply be the kind of work one can do.
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CW3 Chris Davis
CW3 Chris Davis
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Christopher,

Yes you can continue to work unless the VA comes back with your rating and specifically says no work at all, which there are some cases that is true, however in many cases as long as the work being accomplished does not aggravate the disability in any way there generally is no problem with continuing to work.
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SSG Robert Smith
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As long as you are deemed as able to work then nothing. I'm 60% and still work.
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SPC Todd Hanson
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Think of the VA as a pension, and payment for injuries during military service. It's not like having SSI and you would have to report that. But with that said say I have a 20% rating for my back (which I do) I wouldn't go out and get a job breaking rocks.
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SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
SFC Dan Sorrow, M.S.
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It's more like workers compensating that civilians receive for work-related injuries.
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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DO NOT THINK OF COMPENSATION AS A PENSION!
VA PENSIONS ARE 100% INCOME BASED.
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