VA and Social Security Disability

VA and Social Security Disability

Understanding VA and Social Security Disability Programs

VA and Social Security Disability are two different programs.   Many Wounded Warriors may wonder if their VA Disability Compensation affects their Social Security Disability Benefits. The answer is no.

If you receive VA compensation, it will not affect your Social Security benefits.  Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However, their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits are very different and a VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total (P&T) does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits. To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must meet Social Security’s definition of “disability.” The requirements are

  1. You must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and
  2. Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.

Expedited processing of Social Security Disability is one benefit offered for all 100% P&T Vets

Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.

How long does the Social Security Disability process take?

Identify yourself as a “veteran rated 100% P&T” when you apply for benefits.  The length of time it takes Social Security to make a disability decision depends on several different factors, but primarily on:

  • The nature of your disability
  • How quickly we obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other medical sources
  • Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim.

You can help speed up the process by having the needed information on hand when you apply. Refer to Information You Need To Apply For Disability Benefits  on the official  Social Security website for more information.

VA Disability Compensation and TSGLI

TSGLI is not disability insurance.  It has NO effect on entitlement for compensation and pension benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs or disability benefits provided by the Department of Defense. It is an insurance product similar to commercial dismemberment policies.

If you suffered a traumatic injury while serving in any branch of the military, including the Reserves or the National Guard, you may be entitled to a lump sum, tax free cash payment of up to $100,000—even if the injury was not related to any military activity.  Call our office today at 800-861-7262 for assistance.  We are here to help you.

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