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Will VA disability benefits impact eligibility for SSDI/SSI benefits?

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2021 | social security disability

Financial support for California individuals who are unable to work because of a disabling medical condition could be eligible for financial support through the Social Security Administration. Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is strict, and other types of income could affect it. Some individuals who receive disability benefits from the VA may wonder if this could impact their ability to get SSDI/SSI benefits.

2 sources of disability support

It is possible for specific individuals to get disability benefits from both the VA and the SSA simultaneously. Military veterans who suffered a disabling injury during their time of military service could be eligible for both VA disability benefits and SSDI/SSI benefits. In fact, those who have a 100% permanent and total disability rating from the VA could have their SSDI/SSI benefits application fast-tracked.

Those who are in the Wounded Warrior program may also be eligible for an expedited SSDI/SSI application process as well, regardless of P&T rating. VA benefits do not affect eligibility for or the amount of SSDI/SSI payments if one is eligible for both. Each program will pay the recipient the full amount of benefits to which he or she is entitled.

Assistance is key

The process of applying for and securing SSDI/SSI benefits is complex. Individuals who have concerns about eligibility may find it beneficial to discuss their concerns with an experienced California Social Security attorney before they move forward with the application process. An assessment of the individual case can help a potential applicant understand what legal options may be available.