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Sean Kendall

Q:
I have a college degree, does that make me ineligbile for unemployability?

A:

The short answer to this question is no. 

Thinking that a holding a college degree ultimately disqualifies veterans from potential unemployability claims is a common mistake many disabled veterans make. While each case for unemployability is unique, it is important to keep in mind that a college degree does not automatically rule out your chances for obtaining important benefits.

A college degree does not mean that you are promised a job in the future. Many other service-connected ailments may make it difficult for you to land a steady job.

While it is possible for many disabled veterans with college degrees to find certain types of work, many with specific service-connected disabilities--including mental health issues--often cannot work in particular environments (such as environments with loud noise, or requiring a substantial amount of physical labor). This is important to keep in mind for unemployability cases. 

Even veterans with some minimal, part time work have been awarded unemployability. In South Dakota, a veteran who worked 30 hours a week as an auto parts salesman was granted unemployability benefits.

Do you think you may be eligible for unemployability? If you have more questions, visit our practice area page or contact us.