Yes, a veteran can receive both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and VA disability benefits. In fact, many veterans do receive both types of benefits. In addition, SSDI for veterans does not lower your VA disability.
However, it is important to note that the two programs are separate and distinct from one another. SSDI is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), but VA disability benefits are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Additionally, the criteria for eligibility and the amount of benefits paid out can differ between the two programs. For example, SSDI for veterans and civilians are based on your work history and earnings. However, VA disability benefits are based on the severity of your service-connected disabilities.
Therefore, if you are a veteran who is seeking disability benefits, it is important to apply for both programs to maximize your potential benefits.
SSDI For Veterans!? What About 100% VA Disability?
Dont be mistaken, a 100% VA disability is superior to SSDI for veterans. In fact, a 100% VA disability is our goal for you. As a result, we dedicate our BOOT CAMP to teaching you how to achieve a 100% rating that you have earned. However, some veterans will find that they do not qualify for a 100% rating. In that case, SSDI is an excellent alternative.
Additionally, if you are eligible for both programs, you may receive what is known as concurrent benefits. This means that you would receive benefits from both programs at the same time. The amount of your benefits would not be reduced because you are receiving benefits from both programs.
SSDI for Veterans Does Not Require Nexus
The VA requires that you prove the history of your symptoms. In short, you must prove that you have a current disability with symptoms, and that your issues started on active duty. In addition, you must prove that your current symptoms stem from your active duty injury/illness (nexus). This is the trifecta of a successful claim. However, SSDI for veterans only requires:
- A medically disabling condition (as defined by SSA)
- You must not be able to maintain substantial employment
- Sufficient work history
SSDI For Veterans Does Not Require A “Good Discharge”
I dont personally agree with this law, but the VA will deny your claims if you have a dishonorable or a bad-conduct discharge. However, SSA can approve a claim regardless of your discharge. This can be a good workaround if you have an issue with your discharge. In addition, SSDI for veterans has no requirements such as time in service.
Do Disabled Veterans Automatically Get SSDI?
Prior to 2017, there was some truth to this myth about SSDI for veterans. However, that is no longer true. VA disability (even 100% P&T!) does not mean you will automatically get SSDI. As a result, you will need to prove your case to SSDI separately from the VA. The SSA will use your VA medical records as evidence toward your SSDI.
In addition, the opposite is also true. SSDI approval does not mean you will be granted VA disability. You will need to fight the SSA and VA separately.
What If I Have Already Been Denied VA and SSDI!?
Giving up is a common theme in our YouTube comments. The military spent millions of dollars training us to defeat our enemy. Our most successful BOOT CAMP members are the veterans that under stand a simple fact: the VA and SSA are your new enemy. VA disability and SSDI for veterans is your new objective.
Your job is to beat them at their own games. Don’t defeat yourself. Read your denial letters. See what evidence or forms you need to win. Don’t spray and pray. Create a clear plan to win.
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