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Every year, thousands of veterans are forced to leave the workforce due to a service-connected disability. If your condition is severe and expected to last for at least one year, you may be eligible for Social Security (SS) disability benefits. Some benefits apply regardless of a person’s work history or how they became disabled.

A Social Security lawyer from our firm can prepare you to pursue a claim for disability benefits. We can also help you file an appeal if you receive a denial from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The SS Disability Benefits Programs

SS disability benefits provide financial assistance to veterans whose medical impairments prevent them from working. There are two disability benefits programs offered by the SSA.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) requires you to demonstrate that you suffer from a medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year, and that limits their ability to work. There is no work credit requirement for this program.

Alternatively, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) also requires proof of a physical or mental impairment as well as a sufficient work credits. A Social Security lawyer from VetLaw’s team can work with you to evaluate which SS disability program you may qualify for.

Interactions Between SS Benefits and VA Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers (VA) qualifying former servicemembers with a variety of benefits programs. While the VA disability compensation program is similar to the SS disability program, there are crucial differences.

The VA disability compensation program requires veterans to prove that their current disabling condition is the direct result of active duty military service. To obtain benefits, a doctor must diagnose your condition, certify that it negatively affects your life, and connect its origin to your time spent in uniform. In contrast, the SSA’s disability program does not require a service-connection. Veterans may claim benefits regardless of how or when their symptoms first appeared.

Another crucial aspect of obtaining Social Security benefits is meeting the SSA’s income requirement. SSI payments can result in a maximum of $771 per month for a single person, or $1,157 if the recipient is married. However, SSI payments are a last-resort source of income, which means that the SSA will not pay this full amount if the veteran receives sufficient income from another source – such as VA disability compensation. A Social Security lawyer can provide more information about how your status as a veteran may impact your claim for benefits.

A Social Security Attorney Can Help You Achieve Financial Stability

Veterans who return from active duty with injuries to their bodies or minds may consider Social Security disability benefits as a way to meet their financial needs. However, it is important to remember that any compensation you are receiving from VA may impact your benefits award from the SSA.

Veterans can seek Social Security benefits regardless of what caused their injuries or illnesses. The SSI and SSDI programs do not inquire about the cause of a disability but rather about your income or work credit history. A Social Security lawyer from our team can help you determine your eligibility for benefits from the SSA. Call us today to learn more.