In addition, VA may supplement the regular disability compensation payments for veterans whom it deems unable to engage in substantial work. To qualify for those supplemental benefits, termed individual unemployability (IU) payments, veterans must have low earnings and generally must be rated between 60 percent and 90 percent disabled. A veteran qualifying for the IU supplement receives a monthly disability payment equal to the amount that he or she would receive if rated 100 percent disabled. In 2015, for veterans who received the supplement, it boosted monthly VA disability payments by an average of about $1,250. In September 2015, about 350,000 veterans received IU payments.
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