TDIU -EMPLOYABILITY VOCATIONAL EVALUATION PROCESS
This is more in-depth than the Social & Industrial Survey that the VA’s social worker will fill out, and again, the SW is not an Employability/Placeability Expert- This is why you need a Vocational Expert.
Our Vocational Experts will perform a Vocational Analysis of the Veteran
1) Document Review – General list:
Hospital, Physician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, & Counselor records, Veteran’s Disability Forms.
2) We Use Both a Structured and Unstructured Diagnostic Vocational Interview
This will be a review of the Veteran’s history and will also outline the Veteran’s age, education, current work status, past work experience, skills, current medical & psychological impairment(s), treatments, and physical & psychological limitations.
(This can be in-person or through SKYPE)
3) Assessment of Current Information and determining if more documentation is needed.
– If needed we will create Medical and/or Psychological Source forms and/or Mental Residual Functional Capacity (MRFC), Physical Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). This will be the Veteran’s or their Representative responsibility to get completed and returned to us.
4) Vocational Psychometric Assessment (most cases will require vocational assessments)
Based on the case we will determine what assessments need to be completed. We will assess not only aptitudes but also may measure Attention, Concentration, Memory, Cognitive Abilities, Mental Health Measures (Depression, Anxiety, GAD, PTSD, etc.)
5) Perform a Vocational Diagnostic Assessment of Residual Employability.
6) Labor Market Research (if needed)
Private, local, state, and federal government labor market studies to determine if any significant number of jobs exist that the claimant can perform in the local and national labor market.
The results of the vocational evaluation enable the Vocational Expert to render an opinion as to the employability of the permanently injured veteran’s and their ability to perform substantial gainful work activity based on quantifiable, accurate, and current information using Veteran’s Disability standards.