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It is an unfortunate fact that many veterans suffer from injuries or illnesses that prevent them from maintaining a job. These conditions can affect their bodies, minds, or both.

If a disabled veteran has a substantial work history, they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Your income taxes contribute to this program during the course of your employment. If you now suffer from a condition that prevents you from working for at least one year, you may be able to collect SSDI benefits.

An SSDI lawyer from VetLaw’s team can advise you on how to file a strong application for compensation. If your claim meets resistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA), we can assist you with filing an appeal and prepare you for testifying before an Administrative Law Judge.

How do SSDI Benefits Differ from VA Disability Compensation?

Every former servicemember who has served on active duty has the right to file a claim for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA disability benefits may be awarded to a veteran who suffers from a disabling condition as a result of active duty military service, regardless of their work history. In other words, VA benefits are only awarded to former servicemembers who suffer from medically identifiable service-connected impairments.

Alternatively, all disabled workers have the ability to claim benefits under the SSDI program. However, to qualify for SSDI, a veteran must show that their disabling condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year and eliminates their ability to work a full-time job. Additionally, the SSDI program requires an applicant to have ten years’ worth of work credits obtained within the last 20 years. A lawyer from our team can provide more information about the differences between SSDI benefits and VA disability compensation.

Helping Veterans Pursue Successful SSDI Claims

The SSDI program requires veterans to demonstrate that they suffer from a disabling condition. How they became disabled is irrelevant for SSDI claims. To qualify, their condition must be so severe that it eliminates their ability to maintain a full-time job for at least one year.

Additionally, a worker must accumulate sufficient credits to qualify for the SSDI program. An employee earns one credit for every quarter of a year that they work. In general, you must obtain a total of 40 work credits to receive full benefits, 20 of which must have been earned over the last ten years. An SSDI attorney can help you understand how to qualify for benefits.

Let an SSDI Attorney Help You Navigate the SSA’s Benefits Program

Obtaining SSDI benefits can be a lengthy and confusing process. Not only do you need to prove that you suffer from a disabling condition, but you must also demonstrate that you have earned sufficient work credits.

Making matters worse, many applicants are met with denials from the SSA. It may be necessary to quickly request an appeal to keep a case moving forward. Working with an SSDI lawyer can help increase your chances of success. Let us help you pursue all necessary appeals to bring you the benefits that you deserve. Contact an SSDI attorney today to schedule an appointment.