Military service can have a profound and lasting effect on a person’s life, especially if they should become wounded or ill as a result of their enlistment. In the event that a service member should become permanently disabled as a result of their military service, they may be able to collect monthly tax-free veterans disability benefits as compensation from both the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and under Social Security Disability (SSD). According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) more than 9 million veterans receive SSD benefits, with more than 40 percent of beneficiaries being either veterans themselves or members of a veteran’s family.
Unfortunately, many veterans are left confused about the level of benefits available to them and can experience great difficulty securing the financial compensation they deserve. To help you understand your options and maximize your chances of success, our office has put together a brief list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding SSD for veterans.
Can Veterans Collect both VA and Social Security Disability at the Same Time?
Yes. If you are a disabled veteran, you can apply for and receive both VA benefits and SSD benefits as long as your disability occurred in connection with your military service, though you must apply for each claim separately. Likewise, approval for one does not always equate to approval for the other.
Will Military Pay Affect Eligibility for SSD Benefits?
No. Receiving military pay does not prevent the payment of SSD payments and should never stop you from applying. With that being said, you cannot receive SSD benefits if you engage in substantial work for pay or profit. While your military duty status or the amount you are paid or does not matter, the actual work activity you are able to complete will affect eligibility.
Do Veterans Receive any Special SSD Benefits?
Veterans who are disabled while on active military service on or after October 1st, 2001 may take advantage of an expedited SSD approval process regardless of where the disability occurs. The only requirement is that your disability occurred during your time in the military, but it does not have to be a result of combat.
Does SSD Offer Partial Coverage Like the VA Does?
No. While the VA will grant veterans benefits of varying amounts depending on their level of disability, the SSA grants coverage on an all-or-none basis and does not have a gradient scale of impairment. To gain full coverage, you will need to prove that your condition caused you to face impending death or prevented you from being able to work for at least one year. If alternative employment can be found for, your claim may be denied.
Seek Fair Compensation with Disability Action Advocates
At Disability Action Advocates, our Reno Social Security Disability representatives have been fighting to help disabled veterans secure the benefits they deserve for more than 20 years. From handling your application to appealing any delays or denials which may arise on your behalf, our highly-trained advocates can handle the legal complexities on your behalf and help you pursue the results you need.
If we are not successful, you will not pay us a dime. Contact us today at (888) 401-3920 to get started.