How Veterans Can Receive Both SSDI and VA Benefits

how veterans can receive both SSDI and VA Benefits

How veterans can receive both SSDI and VA Benefits. An award of VA disability benefits known as service-connected disability compensation is not based on income. So you can receive VA disability compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance at the same time while getting VA disability benefits. Therefore, it is possible to receive SSDI, VA Disability and VA Pension at the same time.

The US veterans with disabilities are often stunned to learn they can qualify for Veteran’s Administration (VA) disability and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) at the same time. Yet many Veterans believe they can only receive VA Disability and not eligible for SSDI.  However, the Veteran’s Administration and Social Security Administration (SSA) are separate but together supportive Organizations.  The Government Accountability Office and SSA provide veterans with access to SSDI.  A special legislation provides help for disabled service personnel to get disability benefits they need.  This is one of the ways how veterans can receive both SSDI and VA Benefits.

Applying for Veteran’s Administration Benefits

However, US military veterans can qualify for VA benefits if they have a mental or physical disability.  That happens from their active military service.  As a result, if their application approved by the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) give a disability rating of 10% to 100%.  That can be a higher rating to receive a higher monthly payment.  Those who receive a 10% rating receive an extra $133.57 per month.  While someone rated at 100% receive $2,915.55 as of December 2016.  However, a rating of 30% with dependents receive more.

Veteran’s application can fast-tracked if the applicant meets one of the following criteria below:

  • Status as a former POW
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual trauma while on active duty
  • Evidence of homelessness or serious financial need

As a result, veterans are getting VA benefits when applying for SSDI, their chances of a successful claim increase.  The SSA definition of disability has a strong likeness to the VA standard of “employability”.  However, a higher VA rating means another federal agency has found the applicant disabled to work and have a positive impact on the SSA final decision.

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance

SSDI pays monthly benefits to applicants for both civilian and military who become disabled before reaching retirement age.  In order to qualify for a disabled veterans must have a physical or mental disability that will last at least one year or death.  Also, an employment history that includes at least five years of full-time employment over previous 10 years.

The SSA provides US veterans with special credits that increase the value of earnings for benefit calculation purposes.  Those who served in the military between 1978 and 2001, receive a credit of $100 for every $4,300 earned.  If served in the military between 1957 and 1977, credits are approximately $300 per quarter of active duty income.  For veterans who served on the military dates prior to 1957 credited $160 per month in earnings.

Another SSA allowance to former military personnel veteran meets a least one of the criteria below.  Therefore their disability application will be fast-tracked.

  • Veteran’s Administrative disability rating of 100%
  • Disability during active due after October 1, 2001

SSA not required to automatically follow suit if an applicant has granted benefits by another organization.  Each agency has its own rules and criteria for disability determination such as the VA.  A successful VA application can play a major role in winning and getting approved for SSDI benefits.  Especially if a veterans disability rating is 70% or higher.  However, a lower rating could have an opposite effect that SSA requires applicants to be completely disabled while the VA allows for partial disability.

For additional information about VA and SSDI benefits and how to apply for as disabled veterans.  Visit the Veterans Administration website at and the SSA website at  Or contact the VA at 1800-827-1000 and the SSA at 180-772-1213.

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