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Arthur Bernklau (“appellant”) seeks review of the final decision of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims that: (1) declined to exercise jurisdiction over arguments that appellant was entitled to an earlier effective date for a service-connected disability rating (“disability claim”), and (2) affirmed a February 12, 1987, effective date for the award of a total disability rating based upon individual unemployability (“TDIU claim”). Bernklau v. West, No. 98-1215 (Vet. App. Feb. 28, 2000). *fn1 We affirm.

BACKGROUND

This appeal involves two separate claims by the appellant for disability benefits for an injury incurred during his military service (“service-connected injury”). We will discuss each claim in turn.

 
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