Veterans are eligible to receive both Social Security Disability Insurance
(SSDI) and Veteran's Disability at the same time. Since VA disability
is not based on income, as SSDI is, VA benefits can be acquired even before
applying for SSDI. VA disability only takes into account whether or not
the injury occurred in connection with military service.
What do I need to know about SSDI and VA disability?
In order to be eligible for SSDI, the applicant must be totally disabled.
VA benefits allow for a partial disability to be considered in providing
benefits, but SSDI only sees a worker as totally disabled or not disabled.
Additionally, SSDI claimants are able to use their own physician in determining
their level of disability. VA disability is not determined by the claimants
own doctor since they are seen as biased in their opinion.
A veteran can apply for SSDI by:
- Filling out an application online or in person at a Social Security office
- Waiting three to four months for an initial decision
- Having their file assigned to a disability examiner to collect medical records
- Consulting with a physician or psychologist to approve or deny the claim
- If approved, they can begin collecting benefits based on their prior wages
- If denied, they can appeal the decision and get a reconsideration review
Since VA disability can be obtained earlier than SSDI, it can help bolster
the SSDI claim. Those VA disability claimants that have a disability rating
of 70% or higher will likely be accepted for SSDI since another federal
agency has deemed them incapable of full-time work. However, qualifying
for SSDI does not make obtaining VA benefits easier since it cannot be
proven through SSDI that the disability is connected to military service.
If the claimant is seeking additional proof that they suffer a disability,
a SSDI claim can provide that evidence.
Worried about a disability claim being denied?
Contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for a free case consultation concerning
your SSDI claim today!