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If you’re a Veteran, you may be wondering if you can receive both Veterans disability and Social Security disability. At first glance, it might seem like an individual would not be permitted to receive both. However, the programs are quite different, and that means receiving one does not disqualify you from being eligible for the other.
Veterans disability benefits are not connected to income, and for that reason, increasing your income by receiving Social Security disability benefits will not impact your Veterans disability.
Another significant difference between the two is you’re not required to be completely disabled to qualify for Veterans disability compensation. Recipients of Veterans disability are assigned a percentage of their income for which they qualify to be compensated. You can receive as little as, say, 10 percent compensation. And occasionally, some applicants are even assigned a 0 percent compensation rating, meaning that even though they don’t qualify to receive benefits, they have proven their disability is service related. And that can be useful down the line, if their condition worsens.
On the other hand, Social Security doesn’t assign percentages. To receive Social Security disability benefits, you must prove you’re unable to perform substantial work as a result of your disability, and you’re either considered totally disabled or ineligible for compensation.
If you have questions about applying for either Social Security or Veterans disability compensation, feel free to call us anytime at 877-526-3457. One of our representatives will be happy to speak with you. Or if you’d rather contact us online, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you right away.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law