TDIU claim

Role of a Vocational Expert in a TDIU claim

Authors: Devin Lessne, MA, MS, CRC, CDMS, ABVE/F, PVE, IPEC and Claire Ziegler, MA, CRC, IPEC

What Are Vocational Assessments for TDIU Claims?

A vocational assessment can provide valuable information for decision-makers on Total Disability Individual Unemployability cases, also known as TDIU cases. A vocational assessment can show whether a veteran’s service-connected disabilities prevent them from securing employment. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) defines substantially gainful employment as “employment that is ordinarily followed by the non