Social Security Disability Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Can You Receive Both VA and Social Security Benefits?

You served your country and put yourself at risk to protect your fellow American citizens. When health problems keep you from working and threaten your financial stability, it’s time for your country to stand up for you.

You might have significant and long-lasting health issues related to your military service.

You should know this: You can receive disability benefits from BOTH the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In fact, an SSA publication about veterans with disabilities says clearly, “If you receive VA compensation, this will not affect your Social Security benefits.”

The exception would be if you receive SSI, but are eligible for disability benefits because you have worked and paid in enough Social Security taxes, the VA disability compensation will affect those benefits.

How the VA Assesses Your Disability

For the VA, your disability needs to be connected to or aggravated by your active service.

If the VA finds the medical evidence shows a disability, it assigns a rating it thinks relates to the extent of the problem.

The VA assigns its disability ratings in 10% increments, up to 100% disability. The larger the percentage, the more severe the impact of the disability on your earning power, meaning a greater monthly compensation benefit.

Social Security Disability, meanwhile, doesn’t have disability increments. The SSA looks at whether you can work or not and how long your condition will last.

At the law office of Gilbert B. Laden, we’ve helped thousands of people in Mobile and Pensacola get disability benefits, including veterans.

If you’re not sure how each kind of disability benefits applies to you, contact us today for a free evaluation.

How Social Security Disability Differs from the VA

Instead of a percentage system like the VA, Social Security Disability (SSD) is all or nothing.

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be unable to work and your condition must have lasted or be expected to last at least a year or result in death.

While the VA only considers service-related disabilities, the SSA will consider all impairments, service-related or not.

It helps to get an experienced local attorney to guide you through the system when you need Social Security Disability benefits.

Attorney Gil Laden and his team know the local Social Security offices, staff members, Social Security judges and doctors who may treat you.

Gil Laden has more than 35 years of experience helping people just like you apply for and win Social Security Disability benefits.

You Can Get Faster Processing of Your SSD Application

If you’re a veteran rated with a 100% disability by the VA, the SSA says you may be eligible to have your application for SSD benefits sped up. This will give your claim a quicker review.

The expedited process is available for military service members who first experienced disabilities while on active duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurred.

How long it takes Social Security to reach a decision about your application depends on many factors, but primarily on:

  • The nature of your disability;
  • How quickly the SSA receives your medical evidence;
  • If you need additional medical exams to support your claim.

In general, both the SSA and the VA consider the other agency’s disability decision in making their own determinations, but “neither agency’s decision is binding on the other,” according to the SSA.

Your Chances of Winning Social Security Disability

Many factors will determine your claim’s success, including the severity of your medical condition and the strength of the evidence and documentation that you provide.

Social Security’s own numbers have shown that your chances of winning benefits increase when you have a professional helping you apply, or appeal a denial.

Attorney Gil Laden and his team focus entirely on helping you win Social Security Disability benefits.

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