It might be possible for someone receiving disability benefits from the Veterans Administration to also receive Social Security Disability Insurance from the Social Security Administration. SSDI is issued by the Social Security Administration to disabled workers in the form of monthly benefits. In order to receive the benefits you must have worked enough and earned enough credits.
To earn the benefits, you must have worked full-time for a total of five years out of the last 10 years. This work requirement by years varies by the age of the person applying for the benefits. One thing you must understand is that disability from the Veterans Administration is only available for veterans who suffer a disability related to their time in the service.
Because SSDI is issued to any person in the country who has suffered a disability and can no longer work or cannot work for a period of time, veterans can apply for SSDI to go along with their Veterans Administration disability benefits. For the most part, any veteran with a service-related disability and other medical conditions can combine them to receive benefits from both government entities.
In order for a veteran to obtain SSDI benefits, he or she must show that their disability makes them 100 percent disabled, which prevents him or her from working and earning a gainful income. To receive these benefits, you must be able to prove that you cannot work for at least one full year or have a medical condition that will result in your death.
When it comes to Veterans Administration benefits, the applicant receives benefits based on a rating issued by the agency that is based on the severity of your disability.
Veterans who want to apply for SSDI benefits should do so as soon as possible after becoming disabled. The longer the applicant waits, the likelier it becomes that he or she could be denied benefits due to not working.
An experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, can answer all of your questions and advise you of your rights in such a case.
Source: Wadena Pioneer Journal, “Eligibility for VA Disability and SSDI,” David Anderson, Feb. 19, 2017